Harrison Smith has been one of the league’s most productive safeties for over half a decade.
But with his 2023 cap hit nearing $20 million and the 11-year NFL veteran entering his mid-30’s, some expected Smith to be a potential cap casualty for the Vikings this offseason.
This Thursday, though, it appears the Minnesota franchise isn’t quite ready to let the six-time Pro Bowler walk away. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Smith and the Vikings reportedly agreed to a restructured contract this week that will see him earn $8 million in 2023.
The #Vikings and S Harrison Smith agreed to a restructured contract for him to stay in Minnesota, and he gets $8M with $2M in incentives for 2023.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2023
Smith, 34, was previously set to earn $14.7 million this season with a cap hit “north of $19.1 million,” Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper writes. While complete details about his reworked deal aren’t yet available, it’s likely he took a sizable pay cut to stay with the team in 2023.
The Notre Dame product was selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Minnesota franchise and has started more than 13 games for the Vikings in every year besides an injury-riddled 2013 campaign.
Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl six times in the past eight years. While he didn’t earn a nod this past season, he logged 10 defended passes and tied a career-best with five interceptions.
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Publish Date:2023-03-17 02:02:28