The new contract will make him the NFL’s highest-paid safety.

The "Hitman" is staying put in Minnesota until 2021.

The deal is reported to be a 5-year, $51.25 million contract extension that includes a $10 million signing bonus.  Smith is set to earn $5.278 million this upcoming season and his new deal will be tacked onto it, so he's guaranteed money at signing is $15.278 million.  Ka-Ching!

Since the Vikings drafted Smith in the first round out of Notre Dame (29th overall) in the 2012 draft, he has been an anchor and team leader on the team.  Last year in his 4th season he finally made the Pro Bowl, something fans have long thought was overdue, and he's only going to keep getting better in Coach Mike Zimmer's defensive schemes.

This guy can do it all, and the Vikings made the smart play to reward Smith with a shiny new contract extension. So if you're like me, you can look forward to continue seeing #22 wearing purple and blowing up receivers and/or scrambling quarterbacks for years to come!

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