There are a lot of smiles being worn in Minneapolis right now. That's because the Minnesota Vikings no longer have to concern themselves with the future of All-Pro safety Harrison Smith, who signed a four-year deal to remain with the club through the 2025 season -- the team announced on Sunday. It's an extension worth upwards of $64 million, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, making him the second-highest paid safety in the NFL, landing his deal not long after the Seattle Seahawks made Jamal Adams the highest-paid at the position with a four-year, $70 million deal that set the market.
For Smith, it's a contract that will award him a total of $74.83 million over five years, considering he was set to enter a contract year in 2021 that owed him roughly $10 million in base salary. He'll receive $22.5 million over the next eight months -- topping Adams in that regard and any other safety to ever play the game -- and averages $15.3 million in annual pay with $26.38 million guaranteed.
Smith has never donned another NFL jersey and this now greatly reduces the odds of him ever doing so, considering the five-time Pro Bowl is 32 years old. A former first-round pick of the Vikings in 2012, he's also earned two All-Pro nods and was named to the PFF 2010s All-Decade Team for his dominance heading into the 2021 season. A highly-durable and highly-productive safety, Smith has 129 starts in 130 career games and, in those contests, has amassed 28 interceptions and 747 combined tackles -- along with seven forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 66 pass deflections, four defensive touchdowns and 13.5 sacks.
He showed no signs of slowing down in 2020, and that's all the Vikings needed to see to solidify what they already knew about a safety they chose to believe in with the 29th-overall pick just under a decade ago.
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