Three Minnesota Vikings will not be on the roster after the NFL trade deadline

Three Minnesota Vikings will not be on the roster after the NFL trade deadline

The Vikings could free up significant cap space by trading Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith took a pay cut to stay with the Vikings in 2023, but he’s owed a lot of money next year and restructuring his contract again doesn’t really seem feasible.

At 34 years old, Smith is entering the twilight of his career and Minnesota will need to seriously consider cutting him before the 2024 season to free up cap space. So putting him on the trading block makes too much sense.

The fact that he’s coming off one of the best games of his career may be bittersweet for Vikings fans, but this is actually the perfect time to take him. His value was bolstered by his performance against the Panthers with 14 tackles, three sacks, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Harrison can still play. It’s in the team’s best interest to move on while they have a chance to get something back for him.

If Harrison replicates that performance and leads the Vikings to more wins than expected over the next month, he will try to stay in Minnesota. But the more likely outcome is that a trade opportunity will materialize as the Vikings begin preparing their 2024 roster.

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