September 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports.
There is a dry season for NFL content, which occurs during the last two weeks of June until Independence Day. So this year, the newest and “biggest” theory for the Minnesota Vikings is a career in security harrison smithaccording Launderer’s report.
Brent Sobleski of Launderer’s report wrote an article on Friday detailing a player every NFL team should trade before the start of the regular season, and indeed, for the Vikings, it’s Smith, who has played for the team since 2012.
Sobleski’s main rationale involves depth over safety. The Vikings already have Lewis Cine and Camryn Bynum safe and could reasonably settle for that duo, according to Sobleski.
He wrote: “New general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has already drafted Smith’s replacement. The Vikings picked Lewis Cine with the 32nd overall pick. The two can certainly play together, but Cine is an absolute hammer. He proved to be the eraser of Georgia’s national championship defense. […] The Vikings also have Camryn Bynum set to compete for a starting spot.
The problem here is relying on Cine and Bynum as starters. While either man could blossom into a Smith-like starter – Vikings are betting on that for Cine in particular – it’s all a big hope for the moment. Cine has never played an NFL cliche, and Bynum’s breakout from 2021 wasn’t necessarily long-term. If the Vikings traded Smith – which, of course, is just one Launderer’s report theory – they would rely on unproven products on the back of the 2022 defense. And for a team professing all-inclusive stakes this season, relying on “unknowns” to perform like the established Smith is risky business.
Sobleski also noted of Smith’s contract: “A trade will now save the Vikings $3.5 million this season – which can be factored into next year’s salary cap availability – while avoiding massive loads from 2023 to 2025.”
Smith earns $16 million per season, a sizeable figure for a 33-year-old defensive back. In this regard, his contract is almost a career-wide prize. Still, trading Smith away from a team hungry for playoff contention is a headache.
Smith is more likely to be traded Next spring (if dropped at all). Minnesota will know by January if the Kevin O’Connell + Kirk Cousins experiment was successful. If not, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah could rebuild on the fly – perhaps trade Cousins to a team of his choosing – and Smith could fall by the wayside in priority. Until then, however, Smith is truly a figurehead in defense of the Vikings – money be damned.
Other business ideas from Launderer’s report?
- Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott
- Green Bay Packers and Jordan Love
- New York Giants and Saquon Barkley
- Seattle Seahawks and DK Metcalf
Don’t expect a Smith trade this summer.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).