MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year options on the contracts for safety Harrison Smith and left tackle Matt Kalil.
The Vikings announced the decisions Monday, ensuring that both first-round picks from the 2012 draft will remain under team control through 2016.READ MORE: Duck Flies Through Window Of State Patrol Helicopter, Pilot Injured
Smith’s option was considered a no-brainer. He was the 29th overall pick and has emerged as one of the best young safeties in the league. His option is for $5.3 million.READ MORE: Nordstrom Workers In Minnetonka Accused Of Stealing $500K In High-End Merchandise, Selling Items Online
Kalil was a Pro Bowler as a rookie after being selected fourth overall but has struggled mightily the last two seasons. His contract option is for $11.1 million.MORE NEWS: Next Weather Alert: Storms Likely Thursday In South-Central, Southeastern Minnesota
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