After the bad news we just gave you about Irv Smith Jr., it’s time to balance things out a bit with some significantly better news.
Vikings and All-Pro Safety Harrison Smith have agreed to a 4-year, $64 million extension, per source. The deal makes Smith the second highest-paid safety in the NFL at the age of 32.— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) August 29, 2021
According to Mike Golic Jr. of ESPN, your Minnesota Vikings and star safety Harrison Smith have agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension that makes Smith the second-highest paid safety in the National Football League.
Smith is now the longest-tenured member of the Vikings, having been drafted by the team with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. Smith has been one of the best safeties in the NFL for a very long time, and arguably the best. . .frankly, I’m one of the people that would argue on his behalf on that one.
Smith is in the last year of his most recent extension with the Vikings, the one that he signed back in 2016. Unless my calculations are incorrect. . .and there’s at least some chance that they are. . .this extension would put Smith under contract with the Vikings through the 2025 season.
Eventually someone will do a breakdown of how this affects the Vikings’ salary cap for this year, if it does. Smith’s cap hit for this year was set to be about $10.23 million according to Over the Cap, but I would be willing to guess that number will drop a bit with this new extension. Obviously, once we have those numbers we will bring them to you.
Once again, the Minnesota Vikings and safety Harrison Smith have agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension. Congratulations to Smith and the Vikings on coming to terms on this deal!
UPDATE: Some more specifics on the deal from Golic Jr.:
extension includes $26.38 million guaranteed. Smith will be paid $22.5 million in the next eight months, highest in NFL history for a Safety. https://t.co/NVY5A1mO2e— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) August 29, 2021
And still more from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Full details on the #Vikings’ Harrison Smith deal:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2021
— 4 years, $64M extension.
— Overall, 5 years, $74.83M
— Smith gets $22.5M in the next 8 month, highest in NFL history for a safety
— For 2022 to 2024, the new money average is $15.3M.
— The extension includes $26.38M guaranteed.