Smith to be highest paid safety in the NFL

The Minnesota 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.

Smith will earn $51.25 million over the next five years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including a $10 million signing bonus. Smith’s deal includes $28.578 million guaranteed against injury, and his contract runs through 2021

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.

The 27-year-old, who 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.

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