Vikings make Harrison Smith NFL’s highest paid safety

Eden Prairie, MN (June 6, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced Harrison Smith has signed a contract extension with the club.  Smith will get a 5-year/$51.25 million extension that includes a $10 million signing bonus and $15.27 million fully guaranteed. Smith’s deal includes $28.578M guaranteed against injury and his contract runs through 2021. Smith was already scheduled to play on his fifth-year option this year. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, a year after he tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions

In his first 4 seasons, Smith has totaled 402 tackles, 27 PDs, 12 INTs, 11 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, 14 QBH, 4 FF, 2 FR. The Knoxville, Tenn., native has started 52 of the 53 regular-season games he’s played. The former Fighting Irish standout set the franchise record for INTs returned for TDs during the 2015 campaign when he housed a franchise best 4th-career TD on his 12th-career INT.  Since entering the league in 2012, Smith is 1-of-2 players to record at least 12 INTs and 5.0 sacks (Reshad Jones, MIA).

Smith was named to his first career Pro Bowl following the 2015 campaign, during which he recorded 87 tackles (56 solo), 6 QBHs, 3 TFLs, 2 INTs, 2 PDs, 1.5 sacks and 1 FF during the 2015 campaign. Smith joins 2012 NFL Draft classmates Jarius Wright, Rhett Ellison, Blair Walsh and Audie Cole who have all been re-signed by the Vikings.



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