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Source: Vikings make Harrison Smith league’s highest-paid safety on five-year extension

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — Harrison Smith earned a big payday.

Smith, 27, signed a five-year extension on Monday morning that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid safety with a per-year value of $10.25 million, according to a league source. That would set the full value of the deal at $51.25 million. Smith’s deal will be tacked onto this upcoming season, which means he’ll be under contract through the 2021 season.

Since the Vikings drafted Smith in the first round (29th overall) in 2012, he has been a mainstay in the team’s secondary. His regular (legal) knockout blows earned him the moniker, ‘Hitman,’ and he’s lived up to it through game-changing plays in his four-year career.

His potential has not been fully unlocked in this Vikings defense, head coach Mike Zimmer alluded this spring when saying he’s still searching for the ‘right kind’ of player to start opposite Smith. The Vikings safety has had four different Week 1 starters next to him in each of his four seasons.

Smith has been credited with 26 pass deflections, 12 interceptions and 5.5 sacks in 54 starts.

The post Source: Vikings make Harrison Smith league’s highest-paid safety on five-year extension appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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