After just one season with the Minnesota Vikings, veteran pass rusher Za'Darius Smith has reportedly been traded to the Cleveland Browns.
From the beginning of the 2023 offseason, when he sent out an awkward thank you message on social media to Minnesota Vikings fans, it was clear that Za'Darius Smith wanted out of the Twin Cities after just one year. Well, luckily for Smith, the Vikings have reportedly granted his wish by sending him to the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
Za'Darius Smith heading to Cleveland Browns after just one season with Minnesota Vikings
In order to complete the trade with the Browns, Minnesota also had to send over a pair of future late-round draft picks. In exchange for Smith and their draft selections, the Vikings received two future fifth-round picks.
The reported departure of Smith is expected to clear more than $12 million in cap space for the Vikings. With the expected parting of running back Dalvin Cook this summer as well, Minnesota could potentially have some extra cash to add one of the top remaining free agents before the 2023 season begins.
In one season with the Vikings, Smith accumulated 44 tackles (15 for a loss), 10 sacks, and 37 pressures.