The Impact of Za’Darius Smith Signing with the Vikings

Jan 22, 2020; Kissimmiee, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This is Episode Two of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode opines on the impact of Za’Darius Smith signing with the Vikings.

The production and “feel” of the program will enhance in the coming weeks and months, so consider this a get-to-know-you episode of the channel.

Particularly, the all-in stakes for the 2022 Vikings are discussed, along with implications for other Vikings players — and the one risk to the transaction.

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His YouTube Channel, VikesNow, debuts in March 2022. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).