Report: Za’Darius Smith signs $42m deal with Vikings after Ravens deal falls through | Launderer’s report

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Former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith has signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The deal has an average base salary of $14 million a year with up to $47 million total in incentives, per Rapoport.

The news comes after Smith reportedly opted out of a four-year, $35 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens. According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, the veteran “expressed doubts” after Von Miller and Chandler Jones received major deals.

Miller signed a six-year, $120 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, while Jones signed a three-year, $51 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Ravens selected Smith in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the franchise before joining the Packers in 2019. In 33 regular season games with the Greens and Gold, the 29-year-old has recorded 26 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 108 tackles.

Green Bay cut Smith on March 14, making him eligible to sign elsewhere. He missed all but one regular season game last season after undergoing back surgery.

Smith was one of the best pass rushers available on the market, joining Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram and Jason Pierre-Paul.

While Smith will improve the Vikings’ defense, the Packers will roll with Preston Smith as lead outside linebacker after giving him a four-year, $52.5 million extension.

Smith’s decision to sign with the Vikings should come as no surprise after he met the franchise in Minnesota on March 21.

The Vikings will now have one of the best passing duos in the NFL with Smith and Danielle Hunter, provided both remain healthy. Additionally, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks will round out an impressive defensive lineup.

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