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Vikings pick up fifth-year options on LT Kalil, S Smith
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(5/4/15) The Vikings announced Monday they have picked up the fifth-year options on left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith, ensuring them one more year of control over a pair of potential difference makers, per a team release.
Picking up Smith's option was a simple one for the Vikings, as he picked up 92 tackles and grabbed five interceptions for Minnesota last season. He's scheduled to make $5.278 million next year.
Kalil was a more difficult decision, as the former No. 4 pick has struggled after a strong start. His salary would be over $11 million in 2016.
Harrison Smith undergoes hand surgery, should be ready for 2015
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/8/15) Vikings safety Harrison Smith underwent surgery on his left hand this offseason, but he is expecting to be ready for the 2015 season, reports the Star Tribune. Smith was seen with a wrap on his hand to keep fingers from moving.
"Just a little fix-up from the season," Smith said. "It was a minor surgery. Nothing major, so this will be off in a couple of days."
Smith is entering the final season of his rookie contract, set to make roughly $1.4 million in base salary, but is hoping to remain in Minnesota.
"That’s all I've thought of doing," Smith said. "I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I'll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just here to play football and we’ll see what happens."
Vikings' Harrison Smith wants to stay in Minnesota for the long haul
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(2/7/15) Vikings safety Harrison Smith can be a free agent after the 2015 season, but said he is willing to stay in Minnesota, reports the StarTribune.
"I have no intentions of going anywhere else," Smith said. "I'll just let [my agency] handle it. I'm just here to play football and we'll see what happens."
Smith started all 16 games for the Vikings in 2014 and recently had surgery on his left hand, which he said was minor.
The Vikings have the option to extend Smith's contract beyond the 2015 season, but Smith said he isn't worried about his contract status.
"I'm just here to play football and we'll see what happens," Smith said.
Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson gets the green light
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/14/14) Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson got the green light Week 15 against the Lions.
Patterson entered the contest listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. He was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday, but was limited in practice on Friday due to the issue. He'll attempt to play through it against Detroit.
The team will also have Jerome Felton, Everson Griffen, Jabari Price and Harrison Smith. All four players were listed as probable heading into the game.