Vikings have agreed to a contract extension with safety Harrison Smith on Monday morning, making the 2016 Pro Bowler the highest-paid safety in the league, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Smith will earn $51.25 million over the next five years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including a $10 million signing bonus. Smith will get $15.27 million guaranteed over the course of the contract, the source said.
The 2012 first-round pick made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, a year after he tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions. Smith also had three sacks in 2014, and had established himself as one of the fixtures of Mike Zimmer’s defense.
General manager Rick Spielman said earlier this offseason that he expected an extension for Smith would be coming soon, and Smith had said he hoped to get a deal done with the Vikings in the near future.
The 27-year-old, whom the Vikings selected out of Notre Dame with the 29th pick in the 2012 draft, already holds a team record with four interception returns for touchdowns.