[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the sixth article, focusing on the safeties. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, fullbacks and specialists.]
There is an enormous talent gap between Harrison Smith and the next most talented safety currently on the Vikings roster, whomever that might be.
Smith is a dominant force that doesn’t get enough recognition, yet, on the national level. Soon he will almost certainly sign a blockbuster extension that not only gets him the money he deserves, but also the ink.
Smith is set to have a $2.271 million cap hit in 2015, but his new contract could come at any time. I would be very surprised if the Vikings let the contractual matter play out into next offseason, where they would risk having to use the franchise tag to ensure Smith remains a Viking. The good news is that Smith has recently stated he plans to remain a Viking.