EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Harrison Smith is asked to line up multiple places in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's defense.
Whether on the line to stuff the run or execute or bluff a blitz, or off the line to play coverage, Smith has made a variety of plays in a dynamic role.
Smith will continue to do so in Purple for the foreseeable future after signing a contract extension with the Vikings Monday morning.
Smith's extension continues the Vikings pattern of retaining draft picks by General Manager Rick Spielman and occurs with the safety coming off his first Pro Bowl season.
Spielman previously said that re-signing Smith would be a goal this offseason.
When asked by members of the media, Smith would simply state he had faith that a deal would get done, and he'd continue the pattern of Vikings being signed to their second contracts.
Smith's 2012 NFL Draft classmates Jarius Wright, Rhett Ellison, Blair Walsh and Audie Cole have all been re-signed by the Vikings. Because Smith was a first-round pick, however, the Vikings were able to exercise a fifth-year option on him before working out the long-term deal.
In addition to the respect he has from teammates, players around the league voted Smith into the Top 100 Players of 2016 (No. 73). In 2015, he recorded 87 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries, two interceptions and two passes defended.
Smith returned one of his interceptions 35 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants to set the Vikings franchise record with four interception return touchdowns.
In his first four seasons, Smith has totaled 402 tackles (coaches' tally), 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 12 interceptions and 27 passes defended. He has started 52 of the 53 regular-season games he's played.