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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Minnesota Vikings knew they had a special player with Harrison Smith and they threw a large amount of money at Smith to show their appreciation for his efforts. The Vikings paid Smith $51.25 million dollars with $28.5 million of that money being guaranteed. That is a huge payday for a safety and Smith has to be happy with what he has achieved in the NFL over the duration of his career. This is a player who has intercepted 12 passes over the course of his 4 year career. Those are pretty solid numbers for a defense back and you can see why the Vikings were reluctant to let Harrison Smith walk away anytime soon. Keeping Smith in the fold means one more talented defender in the mix for Mike Zimmer and we all know how much of priority Zimmer puts on his defense. Moving forward without a sure player like Smith was out of the question for Mike Zimmer and Smith is a guy Zimmer can count on to execute his defensive game plan. Smith is on the back end of the defense so he is often times tasked with lining up the players in front of him. Losing a player with that kind of leadership could spell disaster for the Vikings and the team didn’t want to risk that. The new deal will keep Smith in Minnesota until 2021 and it will also make him the highest paid safety in the league. Meaning Harrison Smith will have a lot of expectations to live up to. In order to achieve those high levels of expectation it will be up to him to prepare himself the best that he can. With Smith being a 2x All-Pro you’d have to expect that he understands the responsibilities that come with this big of a contract and expect him to be back on the field working hard soon. The future is very bright for Harrison smith and keep an eye on whether or not his production increases or decreases statistically in 2016.
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