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Buffalo Bills to host free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith

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The former top ten pick would likely immediately become the starting right tackle.

The Buffalo Bills are hosting offensive tackle Andre Smith on a free agent visit, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

Smith, 30, is an eight-year veteran who spent his first seven years with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him with the sixth overall pick out of the University of Alabama in 2009. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings last season, but spent most of the year on injured reserve with a triceps injury.

While ostensibly drafted to be Cincinnati’s franchise left tackle, Smith has played on the right side for his entire NFL career. He hasn’t made any Pro Bowls or All Pro teams, but has been a dependable player at the position over the years. He’s started 77 games in his NFL career, with at least 14 starts in four seasons.

As it stands right now, the Bills’ right tackle spot likely belongs to free agent pickup Vlad Ducasse, who has played guard for most of his career. With Jordan Mills unlikely to return, and Seantrel Henderson’s future in doubt after a series of personal and medical issues, Smith could easily come right in and solidify what was easily the weakest position on an otherwise strong offensive line in 2016.