Vikings host ex-Pack LB Za’Darius Smith on free agent visit


(AP) –Former Green Bay outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith has been in Minnesota for a free agent visit with the Vikings. Smith was released by the Packers a week ago. His 2021 season was ruined by a back injury. He played in only one game. The Vikings could use another proven pass rusher but lack salary cap space. Smith made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two years with the Packers while totaling 26 sacks in 32 games. His defensive coordinator those seasons was Mike Pettine. He is the assistant head coach for the Vikings.