View Full Version : Fred Smoot to Minny

03-08-2005, 08:43 PM
Looks like the Vikings have agreed to terms with Smoot, who will help their secondary IMMENSELY. Not that they could afford to keep him, bu the people in charge of the Redskins are making some stupid stupid moves.


The Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran Redskins free agent CB Fred Smoot. A 5-year NFL veteran, Smoot has been a key element of the Washington defense since joining the team as a 2nd-round draft choice in 2001.

Regarded as one of the NFL's top CBs, Smoot has 16 career interceptions and has missed only 4 games in his 4 seasons, starting 58 of 60 career games. Smoot was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2004 and was the Redskins Ed Block Courage Award winner in 03 after playing through a sternum injury.

During Smoot's 4 seasons with Washington, the Redskins have ranked in the NFL's top 10 in total defense 3 times, highlighted by their #3 ranking in 2004. Smoot played his final season in Washington under legendary NFL head coach Joe Gibbs, who Vikings head coach Mike Tice played under in 1989 during his lone Redskins season.

Year (GP/GS) Solo Assists Total INTs PD FF FR
2001 (14/13) .... 38 1 39 5 12 0 1
2002 (16/16) .... 46 15 61 4 24 1 0
2003 (15/14) .... 47 11 58 4 11 0 0
2004 (15/15) .... 45 12 57 3 12 2 1
Totals (60/58) .. 176 39 215 16 59 3 2

03-08-2005, 10:49 PM
Fallout from having to unload Coles. Redskins took a salary cap hit because of Coles' signing bonus, so they couldn't afford to keep Smoot. Losing Smoot hurts.

I hate Coles. If it was me, I'd have kept him on the roster and buried him on IR for a season or two.

03-08-2005, 11:11 PM
Minny's defense is going to be vastly improved via Free Agency and trades and with two 1st-rounders in the top-20, they shouldn't miss a beat on offense either...

If they draft a WR and RB in the first, they can further address their defensive and OL needs in the latter rounds. They could be big-timin' come the end of next season.