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The Vikings have a number of young bright spots on their defense these days, but Harrison Smith is right up at the top of the list, and he wants everyone to know he loves playing in Minnesota.

Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to carry a cap hit of $2.271 million if he doesn’t get a new deal. A new deal is a real possibility, however, as Smith has met and exceeded expectations since Day One of his Vikings career.

“I have no intentions of going anywhere else,” Smith said this weekend. “I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just here to play football and we’ll see what happens.”

Smith talked to fans and reporters at the team’s Arctic Blast event this weekend and caused a minor stir on social media when he was spotted in photographs sporting bandages on his left hand. He had offseason surgery on his pinky and ring fingers.

“Just a little fix-up from the season,” he said. “It was minor surgery. Nothing major, so this will be off in a couple of days.”

Other big names entering contract years include Chad Greenway, Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright, Rhett Ellison, Blair Walsh, and more than likely Matt Kalil.