Za'Darius Smith

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Vikings, OLB Age: 30-151d Exp: 8 Years
Drafted: Round 4 (#122 overall), 2015 College: Kentucky Agent(s): Bill Johnson

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  • Current Contract

    Za'Darius Smith signed a 3 year, $42,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $5,000,000 signing bonus, $11,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $14,000,000. In 2023, Smith will earn a base salary of $9,450,000, a roster bonus of $3,000,000 and a workout bonus of $50,000, while carrying a cap hit of $16,990,186 and a dead cap value of $3,333,334.

    Contract: 3 yr(s) / $42,000,000
    Signing Bonus $5,000,000
    Average Salary $14,000,000
    Total Guarantees $11,500,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $6,450,000
    Free Agent: 2025 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Workout Misc. Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2022 Contract details by year 30 $1,450,000 $1,666,666 $176,470 $50,000 - $3,343,136 $6,500,000 $12,323,520($12,323,520)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $6,500,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-3,156,864 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $5,050,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-1,706,864 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $3,166,666 2023 Dead Cap: $3,333,334 2022 Cap Savings: $176,470 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $1,716,666 2023 Dead Cap: $3,333,334 2022 Cap Savings: $1,626,470

    Potential Out: 2023, 1 yr, $12,323,520; $3,333,334 dead cap

    2023 Contract details by year 31 $9,450,000 $1,666,666 $2,823,520 $50,000 $3,000,000 $16,990,186 $3,333,334 $12,500,000($24,823,520)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $3,333,334 2023 Cap Savings: $13,656,852 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $3,333,334 2023 Cap Savings: $13,656,852 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,668 2023 Cap Savings: $15,323,520 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,668 2023 Cap Savings: $15,323,520
    2024 Contract details by year 32 $14,450,000 $1,666,666 $5,500,000 $50,000 - $21,666,666 $1,666,666 $20,000,000($44,823,520)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2024 Cap Savings: $20,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2024 Cap Savings: $20,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $20,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $1,666,666 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $20,000,000
    2025 Free Agent Year 33 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $6.45M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2022 salary)
    • $5.05M of 2023 salary fully guarantees 3/17/2023 (injury guaranteed at signing)
    • Per Game Active Bonus: $176,470 ($3M, 16 LTBE in 2023)
    • 2024 Roster Bonus: $2.5M (March 2024)
    • 2022 Sack Incentives (non-cumulative)
      8.5: $500,000 (earned)
      10.5: $750,000 
      12.5: $1M
    • 2023 Sack Incentives (non-cumulative)
      10.5: $3M
      12.5: $4M
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

    Previous Contracts

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    2019-2022

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $66,000,000
    Signing Bonus $20,000,000
    Average Salary $16,500,000
    Total Guarantees $20,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $20,000,000
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA

    2015-2018Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $2,763,152
    Signing Bonus $483,152
    Average Salary $690,788
    Total Guarantees $483,152
    Guaranteed at Signing $483,152
    Free Agent: 2019 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $435,000 $483,152 - - - - $118,224 $1,036,376
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $525,000 - - - - - - $525,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $615,000 - - - - - - $615,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $1,907,000 - - - - - - $1,907,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $20,000,000 $500,000 $750,000 - - - $22,250,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $2,000,000 - $9,500,000 $750,000 - - $31,239 $12,281,239
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $990,000 - $29,411 $750,000 $14,760,000 - - $16,529,411
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $1,450,000 $5,000,000 $2,823,520 $50,000 - - $3,000,000 $12,323,520
    8 seasons $8,922,000 $25,483,152 $12,852,931 $2,300,000 $14,760,000 - $3,149,463 $67,467,546
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $9,450,000 - $3,000,000 $50,000 - - - $12,500,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $14,450,000 - $5,500,000 $50,000 - - - $20,000,000
    $32,822,000 $25,483,152 $21,352,931 $2,400,000 $14,760,000 - $3,149,463 $99,967,546
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,482,000 $483,152 - - - - $118,224 $4,083,376
    3 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,990,000 $20,000,000 $10,029,411 $2,250,000 $14,760,000 - $31,239 $51,060,650
    1 seasons Player Cash Earnings $1,450,000 $5,000,000 $2,823,520 $50,000 - - $3,000,000 $12,323,520
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 09/25/2020, $10,000

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Detroit (DET)


    • Player contract details by year 10/11/2019, $10,527

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Dallas (DAL)


    • Player contract details by year 10/06/2017, $18,231

      Roughing the Passer against Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)


    • Player contract details by year 10/28/2016, $18,231

      Roughing the Passer against Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ)


    • TOTAL: $56,989

  • Transactions

    Mar 22 2022Signed a 3 year $42 million contract with Minnesota (MIN)
    Mar 17 2021Converted $14.26 million of 2021 salary into bonus, clearing $7.38M of cap space with Green Bay (GB)
    Sep 25 2020Fined $10,000 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Detroit (DET)
    Oct 11 2019Fined $10,527 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Dallas (DAL)
    Mar 12 2019Signed a 4 year $66 million contract with Green Bay (GB)
    Oct 6 2017Fined $18,231 Roughing the Passer against Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
    Oct 28 2016Fined $18,231 Roughing the Passer against Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ)
    May 8 2015Signed a 4 year $2.763 million contract with Baltimore (BAL)
    May 2 2015Drafted by Baltimore (BAL): Round 4 (#122 overall)
    May 2 2015Drafted by Baltimore (BAL): Round 4 (#122 overall)
  • 2023 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2022 MIN 16 16 15 771 69.5 10 44 32 12 1
    2021 GB 1 1 18 1.8 1 1
    2020 GB 16 16 16 860 83.9 12.5 52 35 17 3
    2019 GB 16 16 16 883 84.3 13.5 55 41 14 1
    2018 BAL 16 16 8 692 66.9 8.5 45 27 18 1
    2017 BAL 14 14 4 531 48.6 3.5 24 15 9 1
    2016 BAL 13 13 4 494 47.5 1 20 10 10 1
    2015 BAL 15 15 407 38.1 5.5 30 20 10
    Totals 107 107 63 4,656 - 55 271 181 90 8 0