5 Vikings players who could be cap casualties in 2024

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Possible Vikings cap casualty No. 1

Harrison Smith, safety

Harrison Smith is one of those players who it would feel weird to not see on the field for the Minnesota Vikings. The 34-year-old safety has played 12 seasons for the purple and gold since being a first-round draft pick in 2012.

Smith is set to have a salary cap hit of $19,215,882 with only $7,831,768 guaranteed. If the six-time Pro Bowl defender were released this offseason, it would give the Vikings $11,384,114 worth of salary cap relief.

Since Camryn Bynum and Josh Metellus are both playing at high levels, retaining Smith at safety might not be a prioriry. Plus, the Vikings need to see if they have anything in former first-round draft pick Lewis Cine, who was often inactive last season.

Playing in all 17 games for the Minnesota Vikings last year, Smith had 93 combined tackles, three pass defenses, three forced fumbles, and three sacks, proving he still has quite a bit of fuel left in the gas tank.