Vikings News: Harrison Smith’s future in Minnesota revealed

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The Minnesota Vikings have figured out what to do with veteran safety Harrison Smith this offseason.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had a tough decision to make regarding the future of veteran safety Harrison Smith. He was due for a large salary cap hit in 2024 and was among the candidates to be released this offseason or to retire,

There is good news for Vikings fans because Smith and the team have reached an agreement on a restructured contract for the defensive back to return to Minnesota for his 13th season in a purple and gold jersey.

One of the few veterans to be on the team for a significant amount of time, Harrison Smith has become beloved by Vikings fans and may one day be a potential candidate for the team's Ring of Honor after his retirement.

Harrison Smith is staying with the Minnesota Vikings

Harrison Smith was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings at the 2012 NFL Draft. He became an immediate starter at safety and has played 176 games for the team over 12 seasons, earning six Pro Bowl nods over that time.

Last season, Smith racked up an impressive 93 tackles to go with three sacks and three forced fumbles. At age 35, Minnesota's defensive back will pair with Camryn Bynum once again to form a dynamic duo in the secondary.

Some financial details of the restructuring have been released, with his deal announced to be worth $9 million according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero on X. This restructuring was enough to keep Smith in Minnesota plus provide some salary cap relief for the team.

It's great to see the Minnesota Vikings were able to work something out with Harrison Smith. The two sides are a fantastic fit for each other and it only feels natural for him to return to the team for the 2024 NFL season.