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Vikings Make Harrison Smith Second-Highest Paid Safety

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Veteran safety Harrison Smith has agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings. News of the extension was first reported by NFL’s Ian Rapoport. The extension will pay Harrison $74.83 million over the next five years.

Smith’s deal makes him the second-highest paid safety in the league behind only Jamal Adams, who signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

Drafted by the Vikings in 2012 with the No. 29 pick, Smith has been a consistent part of a Minnesota secondary that has seen its share of elite talent come and go. Also keeping up with corners like Xavier Rhodes and current teammate Patrick Peterson, Smith has pestered the NFL’s best play callers, including reigning MVP and division rival Aaron Rodgers.

“He’s the most frustrating guy I play against with his disguises,” commented the Packers QB.

Smith, 32, has been to five Pro Bowls and earned a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2017 as part of the league-leading Minnesota Vikings defense.

A dependable tackler and nickel safety, Harrison has demonstrated remarkable durability on the field — playing a minimum of 13 games in the past seven seasons.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. One of those great University of Tennessee recruiting stories. Plays his high school ball right there in the city of Knoxville and Tennessee can’t sign him. That kind of sums up the program’s problems. Smh. Oh sorry, where was I? Smith’s name triggers memories of past PTSD episodes for befuddled Volunteer fans.

  2. I feel like the safety position has been watered down so much in today’s NFL that it’s almost not worth a large salary commitment

    Gone are the days when Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater and John Lynch used to demolish those brave enough to come across the middle….

    Now they’re just a handcuffed DB or LB

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