If the Minnesota Vikings are dealing, the Cleveland Browns should be interested in safety Harrison Smith
If San Francisco pulls off a trade that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Vikings completely blow it up and take on a full rebuild.
With a potential rebuild looming, one could assume that pretty much everybody outside of Justin Jefferson is available. Enter, the Cleveland Browns.
One of the Browns’ biggest holes this past season was at the safety position. This brings us to Harrison Smith. The 32-year-old has primarily played the high safety in his career but has transitioned into the box over the past two seasons.
Smith has been one of the best safeties in the league throughout his tenure in Minnesota and is consistently graded as one of the best at his position. At the beginning of the season, there were rumors about a trade flying around but nothing ever emerged, this could be a perfect time.
Smith’s age may concern some but he has still been playing at an elite level over the past couple of seasons. Smith spent his first two seasons under current Browns defensive coordinator, Joe Woods, who was the Vikings defensive backs coach back in 2012 and 2013. He also has the Minnesota connection with the Browns defensive pass game coordinator and defensive backs coach, Jeff Howard, who came over from Minnesota with Kevin Stefanski.
This move makes almost too much sense, an elite player in a position of need, history, and familiarity with the coaching staff, and a desire to win now. This is a perfect situation for Smith to join and the Browns may only need to give up a couple of mid-round picks. Andrew Berry, make the call.