6 Vikings players who could be cap casualties in 2023

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Za'Darius Smith
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Harrison Smith, safety

  • 2023 cap hit: $19,127,636
  • Savings in 2023 if released; 7,379,984

Harrison Smith will be 34 years old when next season rolls around. He seems to defy aging since he was one of the few bright spots in the thirty-first-ranked defense that struggled to stop any opponent they faced.

Minnesota’s safety tied his season-high in interceptions with five last season with double-digit pass defenses. Since the Vikings were without first-round pick Lewis Cine, a lot of responsibility fell on the 11-year veteran.

Since cutting Smith would incur nearly $12M in dead money, it wouldn’t be the wisest move but it might become necessary if the front office struggles to find a way to clear enough cap to be ready for the upcoming year.

Like Thielen, a salary reduction or contract restructure will likely be in order. for the former six-time Pro Bowl defender and one-time All-Pro First Teamer. It’s hard to imagine him playing for another team.