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Vikings, Harrison Smith agree to five-year contract extension

Harrison Smith set a new benchmark for safety salaries but with some negotiations still out there for Tyrann Mathieu and Earl Thomas, it could be short-lived.

The Vikings think they got one of the best safeties in the league when they took Harrison Smith in the first round of the 2012 draft, and now they’re paying him like it.

Smith has agreed to a five-year, $51.25 million extension that includes a $10 million signing bonus. We don’t know the full breakdown of the contract, but it’s one of the best contracts in the NFL for a safety.

The 27-year-old Smith was a Week One starter as a rookie and has grown to the point where he was chosen first-team All-Pro each of the last two years. He’s a big part of a Vikings defense that is on the rise.

Now he’ll continue to be a big part of that defense through his prime years. He’s under contract with Minnesota until he turns 31.