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Za’Darius Smith wants his Vikings release; Team says no

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Minnesota Vikings star linebacker Za’Darius Smith has informed the team that he would like to be released, according to’s Ian Rapoport. However, he is reporting that the team does not plan on releasing him.

He signed with the Vikings after spurring the Baltimore Ravens last offseason. Smith had verbally agreed to a deal with the Ravens.

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Then, changed his mind and signed a deal with the Vikings. He signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Vikings.

He was offered a three-year, $35 million deal by the Ravens.

“I just want to say “Thank you!” to Skol Nation for an amazing season & experience!,” Smith said in a post on Twitter. “Thank you to all of my Teammates, Coaches & the entire Minnesota Vikings Organization! 💜”

Smith began his career with the Ravens. He was drafted by the team in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He then played for the team through the 2018 season. Smith then signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, where he played from 2019 through 2021.

He spent one season with the Vikings. Smith is slated to make $9.4 million this season should he remain on the team.

Then in 2024, if he remains on the team, he will make nearly $12 million.

The Vikings have an out in his contract after the 2022. If he is released prior to June 1st, they will have a $3.3 million dead cap hit.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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