Vikings’ Harrison Smith signs contract extension

Vikings S Harrison Smith has signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Sunday.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a four-year extension worth $64 million. Overall, five years $74.8 million. The 32-year-old Smith gets $22.5 million in the next eight months, the highest in NFL history for a safety — For 2022 to 2024, the new money average is $15.3 million. The extension includes $26.3 million guaranteed.

Last season, Smith had five interceptions, which was third in the NFL.

In his 130 career regular-season games with 129 starts, the five-time Pro Bowler has totaled 557 solo tackles, 66 passes defended, and 28 interceptions, the most in the NFL among all safeties since joining the league in 2012. Only Hall of Famer Paul Krause has started more games (150) at safety for the Vikings. Smith was voted a Pro Bowl starter in 2019, making it his fifth consecutive season, earning Pro Bowl honors.

According to coaches’ stats, the longest-tenured Viking (10 seasons) ranks third all-time in Vikings history in tackles among defensive backs with 867 career tackles. Smith is the only player in franchise history with four career interception returns of more than 50 yards.

The Knoxville, Tennessee native also holds the franchise record among defensive backs in career sacks (13.5) and ranks seventh all-time in team history in career interceptions (28). The veteran safety was named 1st-Team All-Pro in 2017 by the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America, and Sporting News.

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