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Vikings, Harrison Smith Agree On Contract Extension

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Harrison Smith Receives Contract Extension

The Minnesota Vikings and Free Safety Harrison Smith have agreed on a contract extension reportedly worth $51.25 million over 5 years, per Ian Rapoport.  Smith is fully guaranteed $15.28 million with total guarantees being $28.58 million with a $10 million signing bonus.  He is now the highest paid safety in the league.

Smith is known as a hard-hitting safety, yet he still has 12 interceptions and 26 pass deflections over 53 games in 4 seasons with the Vikings.  Despite missing three games last season, he ranked fifth among safeties in sacks, second in QB hits, and fifth in pass rush grade.  Pro Football Focus ranked him as the best safety in football despite playing only 806 snaps.  This followed a 2014 season that saw Smith rank second.

The Safety from Notre Dame has been named to PFF’s All-Pro teams each of the past two seasons, but has only received honorable mentions from the Associated Press.  Smith is averaging 4.5 tackles per game over his career with his career season high of 74 coming in his rookie season.  Smith (27), Earl Thomas (27), Kam Chancellor (28), Eric Berry (27), Tyrann Mathieu (24), and Devin McCourty (28) lead the young  generation of skilled and athletic safeties in the NFL.

With this contract extension, Harrison Smith will be the centerpiece of the Vikings‘ rising defense for years.  With a secondary that includes Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Terrence Newman, and new rookie cornerback Mackenzie Alexander to go along with a great defensive line and linebackers, the Vikings will look to be one of the best defenses in the NFL, thanks in no small part to Smith.