GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Former Green Bay outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, according to reports from Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Smith had been in Minnesota for a free-agent visit with the Vikings.
Za’Darius Smith agreed to terms with the #Vikings, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2022
3 year deal
Base value of 42 million
Worth up to 47 million with incentives
14 million APY
Smith was released by the Packers a week ago. His 2021 season was ruined by a back injury. He played in only one game.
The deal Za’Darius Smith ultimately turned down with the #Ravens was four years, $35 million with a max of $50M. So not only does he end up staying in the NFC North, he ends up with a much bigger payday too. https://t.co/NUTdL7k1rW— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 22, 2022
According to the Associated Press, the Vikings could use another proven pass rusher but lack salary cap space. Smith made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two years with the Packers while totaling 26 sacks in 32 games.
His defensive coordinator those seasons was Mike Pettine. He is the assistant head coach for the Vikings.
This article contains content from the Associated Press.