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Vikings Sign Veteran CB Ty Smith Sign

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October 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Dionte Johnson (18) was tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Ty Smith (23) after a catch at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hawinkel-USA TODAY SPORTS

The Minnesota Vikings used their newly available $14-15 million smidgen of cap space on Wednesday.

To Josina Anderson, The team reportedly signed Tye Smith, a cornerback who previously played for the Tennessee Titans.

This move should be considered a “depth” move as Smith is not a tried and true starting CB, at least not to date. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft—the spot where the Vikings found Stephen Diggs 24 spots earlier—Smith has spent time with the Seahawks and Titans. In his six-year career so far, he has played 40 games, starting in seven of those competitions. In 2020, Smith featured in 15% of all Titans defensive plays, making a total of 12 tackles and one tackle for a loss. Smith caught a career interception – from former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler – in 2017. He also saw substantial special teams action during the Titans’ surprise push for the 2019 AFC Championship during the playoffs.

Smith has registered the following annual Pro Football Focus Grade:

  • 2015 = No Meaningful Regular Season Action
  • 2016 = No Meaningful Regular Season Action
  • 2017 = 64.9
  • 2018 = No Meaningful Regular Season Action
  • 2019 = 71.6
  • 2020 = 61.4

Smith is suddenly joined by a crowded CB room that includes Patrick Peterson, Cameron Dantzler, McKinsey Alexander, Chris Boyd, Harrison Hand, Dylan Mabin, Parry Nickerson and Jeff Gladney.

on Gladney, he needed See remarkable game times in 2021, but his behavior in Texas puts his future in doubt. The former TCU student is accused of assaulting his girlfriend. There is no timetable for a solution.

And that’s why Minnesota requires bodies in cornerback position. The only true-blue CB to start contractually to play for the team beyond 2021 is Cameron Dantzler (and Gladney if his position enables him to play for the Vikings again).

Smith is the first free-agent signing since June 1 – the date circulated on the calendar by many Vikings fans. General Manager Rick Spielman has approximately $14 million to use on free agents following the contractual termination of Kyle Rudolph from the Vikings books.

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