Browns acquire 3-time Pro Bowler The Darius Smith from Vikings, strengthen defensive line: Report

The Cleveland Browns now have a stud across from Myles Garrett on the defensive line.

The Browns reportedly acquired three-time Pro Bowler The Darius Smith from the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.

Smith spent his first four NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but it wasn’t until he joined the Green Bay Packers that he really hit the ground running.


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Zadarius Smith of the Minnesota Vikings predicts a play against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Jan. 1, 2023. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

After signing a four-year contract with Green Bay, he made back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances and was a second-team All-Pro in 2020. After missing most of 2021 with an injury, he signed a three-year deal with Minnesota. . He requested a trade earlier this offseason.

Smith appeared in his third Pro Bowl in the 2022 season, started 16 games, and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October.

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Smith effectively replaces Jadeveon Clowney, who was released by the Browns in March after a rocky tenure. Cleveland currently has two studs on its defensive line.

The Browns also sent 2025 sixth- and seventh-round picks while regaining fifth-round picks in both 2024 and 2025. Per NFL Network.

Garrett had a career-high 16 sacks with the Browns last season and was named All-Pro for the fourth time.

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Zadarius Smith of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a sack against Teddy Bridgewater of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 16, 2022. (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The trade will continue to revolutionize Cleveland’s pursuit of the playoffs. The Browns will acquire Deshawn Watson for a full season, assuming he stays healthy, but they also acquired wide receiver Elijah Moore in a trade with the New York Jets.

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Smith is guaranteed just under $12 million this year and will likely be a free agent again next year.

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