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3 Best Contracts on the Vikings

Zach Brunner
Three best contracts on the Minnesota Vikings.
Three best contracts on the Minnesota Vikings. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Vikings have been in a position to contend in nearly every season under head coach Mike Zimmer. The team has consistently sported a stout defense, with an offense that has been up and down. However, the 2020 season bring with it more questions on the defensive side of the ball than the Vikings of had is some time.

Even with that, Minnesota will be a tough team this season and they still sport a ton of skill on their roster. These are the three best contracts currently on the Vikings' books, which have allowed them to put together such an array of talent.

1. Harrison Smith, FS

Harrison Smith has been elite for the Vikings.
Harrison Smith has been elite for the Vikings. / Elsa/Getty Images

Harrison Smith is one of the few Vikings in the conversation for being the best at their position in the entire league. Smith is a do-it-all player for the Vikings, turning in elite performances every season. Last year, Pro Football Focus graded him as the 31st-best player in the league and gave him the second-best coverage grade in the NFL. He is worth every penny of his five-year, $51,250,000 contract. He will be relied on even more this season, after the Vikings let their both of their starting corners walk in free agency.

2. Dalvin Cook, RB

Dalvin Cook is still playing on his rookie contract.
Dalvin Cook is still playing on his rookie contract. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Dalvin Cook is another player for Minnesota that is among the very best at his position. The only difference is that he is still playing on his rookie contract, worth $6,353,334 over four years. Cook totaled 1,654 yards in 14 games last season. When healthy, he is an elite ball carrier.

3. Riley Reiff, LT

Riley Reiff protects Kirk Cousins' blindside.
Riley Reiff protects Kirk Cousins' blindside. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The offensive line has been an issue for the Vikings during coach Zimmer's time with the team. So, when you have someone competent at the position that can win individual battles, it's huge. That's what Riley Reiff is, protecting Kirk Cousins' blindside. Reiff ranked 26th out of 60 qualifying left tackles last season by giving up just 5 sacks. He is playing on a five-year, $58,750,000 contract through the next two seasons.


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