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Harrison Smith Restructures Contract for 13th Vikings Season

S Harrison Smith
S Harrison Smith

EAGAN, Minn. – It's important to Harrison Smith to remain a Minnesota Viking.

The safety worked to restructure his contract entering the 2024 season, the team announced Wednesday. The new deal sets up Smith for his 13th pro campaign, all in Purple.

The Vikings drafted Smith 29th overall in 2012, and he became an immediate starter.

View photos of Vikings S Harrison Smith from the 2023 season.

He's started 175 of 176 games and has recorded 1,153 career tackles, the most by a Vikings defensive back (according to team stats). Smith has totaled 34 interceptions, including five in 2014, 2017 and 2020; 19.5 sacks; 45 tackles for loss; 86 passes defensed; 12 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

Last season, Smith started all 17 games for the Vikings and totaled 93 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two tackles for loss, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles. His biggest outing occurred Week 4 at Carolina, when he recorded all three sacks, his two tackles for loss and a forced fumble against the Panthers.

Smith is a six-time Pro Bowler and in 2017 was named First-Team All-Pro by The Associated Press.

The longest-tenured Viking will continue to lead a safeties group that also includes 2020 draft pick Josh Metellus and 2021 draft pick Camryn Bynum, both of whom have ascended to play significant roles on Minnesota's defense.

Smith is entering his second season under Vikings Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores.