Harrison Smith: I don’t plan to leave Vikings, but the NFL is the NFL

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Vikings safety Harrison Smith said recently that he’s “going to look at those things and see what we can do” about extending his stay with the team now that he’s in the final year of his contract.

During an appearance on the All Things Covered podcast with Bryant McFadden and Vikings teammate Patrick Peterson, Smith reiterated his desire to remain with Minnesoa while using something Peterson said on a previous episode of the show to acknowledge how long relationships between players and teams can come to an end.

“Yeah,” Smith said, via Will Ragatz of SI.com. “I mean I don’t know what happens at the end of careers. I was listening to, it might’ve been the [episode] with Champ [Bailey], Pat Pete was saying at that ten-year mark, sometimes things change. I don’t plan on that happening, but the NFL is the NFL. It’s always wild. But I’ll always consider myself a Viking no matter what.”

Peterson signed with the Vikings after 10 years in Arizona, so his comments come from personal experience that Smith hopes he’ll be able to avoid.

13 responses to “Harrison Smith: I don’t plan to leave Vikings, but the NFL is the NFL

  1. I don’t plan to get fired for a cheaper younger employee, but the real world is the real world..

  2. Unless his play drops off sharply this year, they will work out a deal. He is a fan favorite & a true team player. That’s the kind of players you keep around.

  3. If his performance doesn’t drop off much, he won’t be going anywhere. It’s not just up to the Vikings, as older NFL players also must recognize that their value decreases with age. Earl Thomas didn’t realize that, Troy Polamalu did and stayed with his team.

  4. Even as a Packer fan I have to give this guy his due. Other safeties receive a lot more hype an publicity but he has been the best all around safety in the NFL since he stepped on the playing field as a rookie. He is a nightmare for the Packers offense, besides the ultra physical attributes he has his instincts are rare.

  5. Harry isn’t going anywhere, he will be siged to an extension before the season starts. You can even tell in this interview he’s confident something will get done but just doesn’t want to say anything too soon before it is.

    He’s the most underrated safety in the league, should be in the discussion with all time greats. Compare his stats with first ballot HOFer Troy Polamalu. On pace, or better than him in INTs, sacks, TFLs, QB hits, tackles, and TDs. Only trails him by a decent amount in FFs. Yet Harry never gets the same recognition from the media and has been snubbed from All Pro way too many times.

  6. NEVER hear anything negative from this guy! True team player and probably Zimmer’s best friend on the team. I think he’s right up there with Ed Reed.

  7. He at least understands the business side of the equation. Based on the frequent anti-Packer comments floating around regarding Rodgers, I don’t think many people do.

  8. Things are so pleasant before the packer trolls show rear their ugly heads around here..just saying

  9. stellarperformance says:
    July 9, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    He at least understands the business side of the equation. Based on the frequent anti-Packer comments floating around regarding Rodgers, I don’t think many people do.//////////
    Based on the packer fans comments they don’t understand it worse. You see it every day Rodgers will be back starting for the packers like there is no way he wouldn’t play for the packers. Rodgers has a problem with either Murphy or Gute and packer fans try to ignore that fact.

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