Spielman also referred to Smith as being one of the “better safeties in the league.”
The expectation has been that the Vikings would address Smith’s contract at some point this offseason. Teams generally meet with the agents for extension candidates at the Combine, so it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise to see something get done in the coming weeks.
Smith, 27, played out his four-year, $7,138,546 rookie contract before the Vikings picked up his fifth-year option last year. He’s now in position to make a base salary of $5.278 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Smith appeared in 13 games for the Vikings and recorded 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble, and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 safety out of 88 qualifying players.