Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
Vikings, Smith Agree to Terms
Posted Jul 25, 2006
The Vikings have come to contract terms with free agent safety Dwight Smith, who was released by New Orleans last week after failing to find any suitors to trade for Smith. Smith is expected to become an immediate starter for the Vikings.
After spending two days visiting with free agent defensive back
, the Vikings have agreed to terms with the sixth-year safety.
Smith’s best years have been his last three seasons, when he registered 85 or more tackles per season. He has started 49 of the 78 career games he has played with New Orleans (2005) and Tampa Bay (2001-04), and enjoyed a breakout performance in Super Bowl XXXVII while with Tampa Bay against Oakland when he returned a pair of interceptions for TDs to set a Super Bowl record.
Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin was the secondary coach in Tampa Bay when Smith was there.
Now Smith will come in and is expected to assume a starting job in a crowded defensive backfield with safeties
“There’s no such thing as having too many good players,” said Vikings head coach Brad
Childress. “We’re glad to add a player of Dwight’s quality to the defense.”
Smith was originally a third-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2001 out of the
. In his rookie year, Smith played sparingly on defense but had a career-high 21 tackles on special teams.
In 2002, he recorded 29 tackles on defense and 20 on special teams. He became a full-time starter in 2003, when he had 85 tackles, and he followed that with 104 and 86 tackles the following two years, respectively.
He has 14 career interceptions, all in the last four seasons.
“This is a great opportunity for a fresh start,” Smith said. “I get to play with my old coach again. There are a bunch of great veterans already in the room. Hopefully I can be an addition that can help somewhere and I'm going to fit where needed.”
Smith was also reportedly courted by Baltimore and Tampa Bay, but the Bucs were only willing to give him a one-year deal. The Vikings signed him to a three-year, $6.5 million deal, but protected themselves somewhat by not giving him a signing bonus. Instead, he will receive a roster bonus and several workout bonuses, according to several published reports.
Smith is expected to start at free safety with Darren Sharper moving to strong safety. Tank Williams is expected to move into a reserve role.
Offord Anticipated Dwight Smith Signing
Jul 28, 2006
NFL, Union Get Contract Approval
Jul 26, 2006
Safety off Ravens' radar
Jul 26, 2006
Subscribe today and get a full year of
Viking Update Magazine
with an annual Total Access Pass.
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to
View My HotList
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Football > Akron > Alumni
Football > Central HS > Alumni
Football > Minnesota
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft