The Minnesota Vikings signed five-time Professional Bowl security Harrison Smith to a four-year contract extension on Sunday, securing the group’s longest-tenured participant for what may very well be the rest of his adorned profession.
Smith has a league-leading 28 interceptions amongst all safeties since he entered the NFL in 2012. Solely Corridor of Famer Paul Krause (150) has began extra video games at security in Vikings historical past than Smith (129).
In keeping with an individual with information of the deal, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the phrases weren’t being introduced, the brand new contract is price $64 million with just a little greater than $26 million assured. That can put Smith safely among the many prime 5 highest-paid safeties within the NFL, with Seattle’s Jamal Adams on the prime of the annual common values.
Previous to the signing, Smith was within the remaining 12 months of his cope with a wage cap hit barely above $10 million. At age 32, the brand new contract ought to make sure he’ll stick with the Vikings so long as he is on the sector. Nobody from the group was obtainable to the media on Sunday. Smith was scheduled to handle reporters on Monday.
Drafted within the first spherical in 2012 out of Notre Dame, Smith rapidly entrenched himself because the anchor of the secondary and had two of his 4 profession interception returns for touchdowns as a rookie. He made his first Professional Bowl in 2015 and was an All-Professional choose in 2017. Smith additionally holds the franchise document for defensive backs with 13 1/2 profession sacks.
Smith is seventh in Vikings historical past in interceptions, with Krause (53) main the best way. Bobby Bryant (51), Ed Sharockman (40), Joey Browner (37), Nate Wright (31) and Carl Lee (29) are subsequent.
Smith has not missed a sport to harm over the past 4 years, with only one absence in 2019 when the Vikings held a number of starters out of the ultimate common season sport with their seed for the playoffs already secured.
This 12 months, Smith can have all new starters round him within the secondary, with security Xavier Woods and cornerbacks Patrick Peterson, Bashaud Breeland and Mackensie Alexander all signed as free brokers.