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Vikings sign CB Tye Smith

MOAR. . .uh, cornerbacks

Buffalo Bills v Tennessee Titans Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

We told you yesterday that the Minnesota Vikings picked up nearly $8 million in cap space thanks to the calendar rolling over to 1 June, and they celebrated on Thursday by signing a cornerback.

For the league minimum.

Numerous sources are reporting that the Vikings have signed cornerback Tye Smith to a one-year contract, giving the team 10 cornerbacks on the current roster.

Smith was a fifth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2015. He played in a handful of games for Seattle, and was then on the practice squad of the artists formerly known as the Washington Redskins in 2016.

He then moved on to the Tennessee Titans in 2017 and appeared in 15 games. He missed the 2018 season with an injury, but stuck with the Titans for 2019 and 2020. In his time with the Titans, he appeared in 36 games, collecting 57 tackles, two passes defended, and an interception. He also returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in a victory over the Indianapolis Colts in 2019.

Smith is going to have an opportunity to grab a spot at the bottom of the depth chart at cornerback for the Vikings. He’ll have his work cut out for him, but at least the Vikings have seen fit to give an opportunity to a guy who at least has some experience at the NFL level.