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Mike Harris wants to re-sign with Vikings before Monday

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 14: Greg Jennings #15 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with teammates Jarius Wright #17 and Michael Harris #79 after scoring a second quarter touchdown during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

For some impending free agents, the opening of the “legal tampering” window on Monday is a day they are looking forward to as an opportunity to find out what their value will be on the open market.

Vikings right guard Mike Harris is not one of those players. Harris is coming off a year that saw him kick inside from tackle and start every game for the first time in his career, but he’s not eager to see how that will sell to the other 31 teams. Harris said he’d like to have a new deal with the Vikings done before the weekend is out.

“I see myself in Minnesota for the rest of my career,” Harris said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “That’s where I want to be. So hopefully we get the contract ready this weekend. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great season for the Vikings, and I want to be a part of it.”

Tomasson reports that Harris has been offered a two-year, $3.5 million contract from the Vikings, which represents a small bump from the $1.542 million he played for during the 2015 season. If he’s not willing to accept that, it may take a deviation from his goal and a few conversations with other teams to get an offer he likes from the team he wants.

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  1. summitmech says: Mar 4, 2016 8:06 AM

    And we want guys who want to be here. Mike was a serviceable lineman, which for the quality of our line overall is pretty darn above average. We’d love you have you back Mike – and getcha a ring while we’re at it!

  2. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 8:15 AM

    “I see myself in Minnesota for the rest of my career,” Harris said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “That’s where I want to be. So hopefully we get the contract ready this weekend. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great season for the Vikings, and I want to be a part of it.”

    Contrary to what the folks on the wrong side of the river think…

    Players love it in MN.

    They don’t need to take an entire game check in cash to leave the state and travel around with mass quantities of illegal drugs and carry hand guns on the road with them…😀

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 4, 2016 8:18 AM

    The queens are tampering all over the place this year.

    Child beaters and rapists are the players of choice on the ugly side of the river. Good football players and decent humans need not apply.

    For those people, the Packers are the more desirable landing spot. Also, they’d have a better shot at winning.

    >

  4. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 4, 2016 8:22 AM

    I have no idea what he is worth. I can’t even guess if this is high or low for him. But it is great to see that people want to stay and be a part of what Minnesota is building.

  5. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 8:36 AM

    Who is Mike Harris?

  6. h0metownzero says: Mar 4, 2016 8:39 AM

    Can he kick FG’s?

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:52 AM

    Meanwhile turd Thompson is is sifting through the NBA waiver wire looking for someone to cover Fitzgerald!

    OT YOU lose again!

  8. fwippel says: Mar 4, 2016 8:54 AM

    While it’d be nice to have him back as a backup ala Joe Berger, I’d really prefer to see the Vikings upgrade that position, and others, on the OL.

    If the Vikings want to stay on top in their division, the offense needs to be more productive, and that starts with upgrading the line.

  9. minneanderthals says: Mar 4, 2016 8:57 AM

    I don’t know what this guy is so excited for. They were a mediocre defense with one of the worst offenses in league history.

    Everyone not on the vikes bandwagon understands the only reason they won the division was due to Packers injuries.

  10. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 9:08 AM

    They don’t need to take an entire game check in cash to leave the state and travel around with mass quantities of illegal drugs and carry hand guns on the road with them…
    ———–
    Ironically, said player was from Minnesota and carrying a handgun that he purchased (and was registered) in Minnesota. FAIL

  11. atthemurph says: Mar 4, 2016 9:15 AM

    A pillar of one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Sign him long term!

  12. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 9:15 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:

    rapists are the players of choice on the ugly side of the river…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Mark Chmura never played for the Vikings. He played on the ugly side of the river.

  13. I'm not a football punk says: Mar 4, 2016 9:31 AM

    I think Harris is the first player to ever make a comment, about staying in Minnesota for the rest of his career.
    Usually, players that stay for a long career there, ride off in the sunset. And don’t really accomplish much.

  14. kissmysandwich says: Mar 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    The Zimmer affect. Guys love playing for him and it shows. Packers fans are terrified. You can see it in the comments. Zimmer has built a better defense in two years than over-rated McCarthy the whiner and TT have been able to do in 10. We’re comin!!

  15. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 4, 2016 10:35 AM

    Steven Avery sees himself in Wisconsin for the rest of his career.

  16. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 10:39 AM

    Zimmer effect. Below average player on a horrible O-line wants/hopes that he gets re-signed so he can stay in the NFL. Go Zimmer!

  17. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 4, 2016 10:40 AM

    My Packers trap their players here. I swear, it’s like living in North Korea.

  18. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    Zimmer has built a better defense in two years than over-rated McCarthy the whiner and TT have been able to do in 10.
    ————-
    Your memory is pretty short. The Packers have had the 2nd and 5th ranked defense under TT and MM. Zimmer didn’t do much. He benefited by coming to a team that had recently invested a lot of high draft picks on defense.

    It’s amazing what casual bandwagon fans seem to miss when it comes to the NFL.

  19. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 4, 2016 10:45 AM

    Harris should come to Green Bay. We teach faking face mask grabs, and not only tolerate obesity, but our coach encourages it by example. And if you don’t like it, our police and DA will frame you.

  20. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 10:57 AM

    A place where winning has happened more than any NFL city with a stadium where national announcers are always calling for real NFL fans to experience once in their lifetime is somehow the NFL’s version of North Korea.

    Yet a place where a team has won nothing in 50 years, has the most Super Bowl losses and can’t even prevent the stadium from collapsing is the NFL equivalent to paradise.

    Makes perfect sense!

  21. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 4, 2016 11:13 AM

    it was so cute last year watching aaron rodgers and the 25th ranked passing attack running around out there trying to play football.

  22. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 11:23 AM

    Sadly, Rodgers running around playing football in the worst season of his career, still ended up being 3x more productive than the player masquerading around as a QB in purple. And he even won a playoff game.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 4, 2016 11:36 AM

    I hope they sign Harris because he is a valuable backup at two positions, but I really hope they upgrade everywhere they can on that offensive line.

  24. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Mar 4, 2016 11:38 AM

    My Vikes should jump at the chance to sign someone who doesn’t care whether he ever gets past the first round of the playoffs, let alone ever get a ring!

  25. tremoluxman says: Mar 4, 2016 11:46 AM

    I thought this was a Vikings post. Must be a slow day in Cheeseland and all the out of work curds from the Right To Work for cheese state must be bored.

  26. summitmech says: Mar 4, 2016 12:06 PM

    minneanderthals says:
    Mar 4, 2016 8:57 AM
    I don’t know what this guy is so excited for. They were a mediocre defense with one of the worst offenses in league history.

    Everyone not on the vikes bandwagon understands the only reason they won the division was due to Packers injuries.
    ————————————————————–
    You clearly did zero research and have NO idea what you are talking about. Let me show you what an INTELLIGENT person does by listing facts for you to see how ignorant you are:
    Vikings D points allowed: 302 – 5th overall
    Packers D point allowed: 323 – 12th overall

    And here’s the real kicker, for the “worst offense in league history”
    Packers O Points scored: 368 – 15th overall
    Vikings O Points scored: 365 – 16th overall

    So does that makes the Packers the 2nd worst offense in league history? I’m a little confused on that (no I’m not, you’re just plain wrong)

    ——————————————————————
    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:08 AM
    They don’t need to take an entire game check in cash to leave the state and travel around with mass quantities of illegal drugs and carry hand guns on the road with them…
    ———–
    Ironically, said player was from Minnesota and carrying a handgun that he purchased (and was registered) in Minnesota. FAIL
    ———————————
    Not at all ironically, he was dropped by Minnesota, and it was then in Wisconsin as a Packer where he got busted doing all this illegal crap.

  27. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 4, 2016 12:09 PM

    A place where the team has no free will to leave, just like North Korea, where an out-dated, antiquated, grandfathered in rule prevails, trapping a team in Podunkville.

    A place where that will never, ever happen again with any major professional sport.

    A place where they have imaginary and fake team stock of any real value, enabled by a deeply gullible and delusional fan base.

    A place where the players themselves continually vote as the least desirable place to play.

    Makes perfect sense!

  28. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 12:24 PM

    Not at all ironically, he was dropped by Minnesota, and it was then in Wisconsin as a Packer where he got busted doing all this illegal crap.
    ——————
    Dropped by Minnesota for salary cap reasons. And yes, he purchased the gun and registered it in MN. You can’t change that fact. Or the fact that he got arrested in Florida near his home town, not in Green Bay. In the grand scheme of things, he got busted for having weed.

    That pales in comparison to beating a 4 year old child and then asking for a raise.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Mar 4, 2016 12:32 PM

    I, for one, understand why he wants to remain with the Vikings. Name me another franchise where a slightly below average player gets a pay raise plus a chance to start because the team doesn’t have any other viable options.

    Let’s face facts, if the Vikings roll out Mike Harris as a Game 1 starter, they haven’t sufficiently addressed their weak link, their offensive line. Like all franchises, there a number of needs to address and you can only successfully address a limited number of them when your salary cap is being eaten up by a 31 year old RB (at $15 mil) a WR with 39 catches making $11 mil per year and a first round draft pick that only returns kick offs. Plus they will need to sign a kicker, even I can miss a 28 yard FG.

  30. 440Barracuda says: Mar 4, 2016 12:49 PM

    minneanderthals says:
    Mar 4, 2016 8:57 AM

    Everyone not on the vikes bandwagon understands the only reason they won the division was due to Packers injuries.

    ——————————-

    More proof for the old adage “excuses are for losers”.

  31. 13worldchampioinships says: Mar 4, 2016 12:54 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:Mar 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    Zimmer has built a better defense in two years than over-rated McCarthy the whiner and TT have been able to do in 10.
    ————-
    Your memory is pretty short. The Packers have had the 2nd and 5th ranked defense under TT and MM. Zimmer didn’t do much. He benefited by coming to a team that had recently invested a lot of high draft picks on defense.

    It’s amazing what casual bandwagon fans seem to miss when it comes to the NFL.

    ——
    Zimmer brought a ranked #32 defense to top 10 in less than 2 years.

    Zimmer also drafted Barr and Hendricks, brought in FA and trimmed the fat in a terrible secondary.

    Go to sleep.

  32. 440Barracuda says: Mar 4, 2016 1:01 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Mar 4, 2016 10:57 AM

    Yet a place where a team has won nothing in 50 years, has the most Super Bowl losses

    ————————————————

    Broncos lost 5. Even though they’ve won 3, this is more proof your statements are wrong.

    It’s amazing what casual bandwagon fans seem to miss when it comes to the NFL.

  33. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 2:52 PM

    Zimmer is the coach, not the GM. The coach has not had input over personnel since Chilly Childress.

    The Vikings GM is Ricky Spielman. He is in charge of personnel and drafting. It’s said that I have to educate fans about their own team.

  34. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 4, 2016 3:01 PM

    Spielman has final say on personnel. That doesn’t mean Zimmer has no input. No way does Spielman draft Anthony Barr without the coach telling him he wants him. I doubt that there’s a team in the NFL that doesn’t allow the head coach to provide input on what type of players would fit best for his system.

    It’s almost as if you don’t know anything about football, and yet you’re trying to educate us?

  35. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 3:17 PM

    Coaches do not sit around and evaluate game tape of college football players. That’s what GM’s and scouts do. Sure, Zimmer might have looked at the team and realized that they had a ton of holes at certain positions by noticing the obvious.

    To say that Zimmer drafted Barr and Hendricks means that you have a puppet for a GM or you have no clue how the NFL front offices actually work when it comes to personnel. It’s like Childress and his input on personnel taught you nothing as part of the failed Wilf management concept called the “Triangle of Authority”. Still one of the dumbest things ever.

  36. fwippel says: Mar 4, 2016 3:55 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Mar 4, 2016 3:01 PM

    Spielman has final say on personnel. That doesn’t mean Zimmer has no input. No way does Spielman draft Anthony Barr without the coach telling him he wants him. I doubt that there’s a team in the NFL that doesn’t allow the head coach to provide input on what type of players would fit best for his system.

    ========================================
    This is an excellent point. Most draft prognosticators had Barr dropping deep into round one, or all the way to the top of round two. That Barr pick doesn’t happen without Zimmer.

    If Spielman wants to keep his job, he’s going to get along with Zimmer, because if Zimmer fails, Spielman gets walked out the door right behind him. Zimmer is Spielman’s hire, and the former had been passed over so long that he really didn’t care to lobby for a head coaching job. He wouldn’t have taken this position if he’d been told to keep his personnel input to himself. The Terence Newman signing was evidence enough of that.

  37. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 4, 2016 4:07 PM

    I thought all that yoga was supposed to be preventing injuries?

  38. shaggytoodle says: Mar 4, 2016 4:16 PM

    If the coaches have input on whom fits the system, why the heck are WRs like Greg Jennings, MikeWallace, and Patterson, being brought in, because NONE of them fit what the Vikings do.

    Sure Zimmer is more defensive minded and I am guessing the draft prognosicators, were doing smoke screens for the team HOPING that Barr would get past the top 10, so THEIR team could pick him up. He was EASILY the 2nd best LB behind Mack drafted by OAK.

    Whom would the Vikings have drafted instead of Barr? Beckham Jr.? Manziel? Are you sure you aren’t think of Hendricks? I feel that may have been more the like the scenario you are talking about…especially after drafting Barr… I enjoyed watching both Backers while they were at UCLA, I am just bummed the Vikings were the team to pick them up.

  39. mnfaninil says: Mar 4, 2016 4:50 PM

    Harris for $1.75m/year would be a nice deal. He can backup both G and T positions.

    Go get G Kelechi Osemele in free agency to play LG. Move Clemmings to RG. Then draft one of the top OT’s to play RT. Would also love to see the Vikes draft C Ryan Kelly from Alabama. Not sure what they do with overpaid, underproducing Fusco, but I’d start with asking him to take a pay cut.

  40. wafflestomp says: Mar 4, 2016 5:45 PM

    Great, the Vikings found a player that actually wants to Embrace the Suck!
    Can he kick?

    None of this changes the fact that the Zimmer/Bridgewater combo has only been able to notch 3 wins out of 15 attempts when playing teams with a .500 record or better.

    Let that sink in for a moment.
    Their record is downright embarrassing whenever they line up against average/good teams.
    Not quite sure what’s with the love affair between the clueless fanbase and their mediocre coach.
    But I guarantee that it will end badly (Again) within 2, maybe 3 years.

    Wide left is a terrific and accurate metaphor for the Minnesota Vikings team and history.

  41. frank booth says: Mar 4, 2016 6:23 PM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 4, 2016 3:55 PM

    This is an excellent point. Most draft prognosticators had Barr dropping deep into round one, or all the way to the top of round two.
    ==================================

    Not true at all. In most mocks, he was anywhere from 6-25 in the first round, and in most prospect rankings he was the #2 OLB to Khalil Mack.

  42. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 7:20 PM

    The Terence Newman signing was evidence enough of that
    ———–
    Yeah. Telling asking the GM to sign a 37 year old CB that used to play for him is evidence of that. SKOLOLOLOLO

  43. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:24 PM

    I’m always amazed at the complete lack of respect the Vikings and their fans get from the NFL community. It’s as if MN was one giant leper colony.

  44. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 7:44 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:

    Ironically, said player was from Minnesota and carrying a handgun that he purchased (and was registered) in Minnesota. FAIL
    *******************

    He was cut by MN because he wasn’t good enough.

    The Packers signed him and turned him into a criminal…

    Buying a gun is legal.

    Driving around with a vehicle full of drugs, a suitcase full of cash and a gun is not anything to be proud of – and only happened after being corrupted in Green Bay.

  45. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 7:45 PM

    I’m not a football punk says:

    I think Harris is the first player to ever make a comment, about staying in Minnesota for the rest of his career.
    ****************************************************

    He’s not even the first player to that this year, much less in the history of the franchise.

    Check out Chad Greenway.

  46. frank booth says: Mar 4, 2016 8:53 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:44 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:

    Ironically, said player was from Minnesota and carrying a handgun that he purchased (and was registered) in Minnesota. FAIL
    *******************

    He was cut by MN because he wasn’t good enough.

    The Packers signed him and turned him into a criminal…

    Buying a gun is legal.

    Driving around with a vehicle full of drugs, a suitcase full of cash and a gun is not anything to be proud of – and only happened after being corrupted in Green Bay.
    ==================================
    This “players being corrupted by cities” is kind of new to me. Would AP then have been beating his kid, having kids with multiple women, and ignoring at least one of them because he was corrupted in Minneapolis?

    Fred Smoot and the Love Boat, because he was corrupted in Minneapolis?

    Living in Baltimore is why Ray Rice punched his future wife?

    Or is it maybe because some of these individuals are bad guys or make bad decisions for a variety of reasons that have little to do with where they play?

  47. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 4, 2016 9:27 PM

    Sweet our garbage O-line just got worse! Teddy is already bad enough, this isn’t helping!

  48. 13worldchampioinships says: Mar 4, 2016 10:09 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 4, 2016 4:16 PM
    If the coaches have input on whom fits the system, why the heck are WRs like Greg Jennings, MikeWallace, and Patterson, being brought in, because NONE of them fit what the Vikings do.

    Sure Zimmer is more defensive minded and I am guessing the draft prognosicators, were doing smoke screens for the team HOPING that Barr would get past the top 10, so THEIR team could pick him up. He was EASILY the 2nd best LB behind Mack drafted by OAK.

    Whom would the Vikings have drafted instead of Barr? Beckham Jr.? Manziel? Are you sure you aren’t think of Hendricks? I feel that may have been more the like the scenario you are talking about…especially after drafting Barr… I enjoyed watching both Backers while they were at UCLA, I am just bummed the Vikings were the team to pick them up.

    —–

    Speilman drafted Ponder. Zimmer told Speilman he would donkey punch him in the back of the head if he drafted Manziel.

    And Hendricks was drafted this past year, not two years ago.

  49. ejmat2 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:19 AM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 4, 2016 8:54 AM

    While it’d be nice to have him back as a backup ala Joe Berger, I’d really prefer to see the Vikings upgrade that position, and others, on the OL.

    If the Vikings want to stay on top in their division, the offense needs to be more productive, and that starts with upgrading the line.
    ——————————–
    I couldn’t agree more. Harris is serviceable however, he’s not as great as some people are saying. He was probably the second best starting lineman from 2015. As we all know that’s not saying much. I know the “experts” rate him well however when I have watched the actual games I don’t see him as a great blocker for either the pass or the run. Many times the RB runs into defenders at the LOS or behind throughout the entire line.

    Anyway, I would like an upgrade of at least 60% of the OLine. Going after free agents such as Osemele and Incognito would be a great start in my opinion.

  50. ejmat2 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:24 PM

    I’m always amazed at the complete lack of respect the Vikings and their fans get from the NFL community. It’s as if MN was one giant leper colony.
    ————————————-
    It’s mostly from Packer trolls (not the entire NFL fanbase) although there are those that do not respect the team. However, why don’t you look at the majority of the fanbase that also believe the Packers get away with a lot of calls that somehow go their way. That’s just not the Viking fans that see it.

  51. shaggytoodle says: Mar 5, 2016 10:59 AM

    13worldchampioinships says:
    Mar 4, 2016 10:09 PM

    Speilman drafted Ponder. Zimmer told Speilman he would donkey punch him in the back of the head if he drafted Manziel.

    And Hendricks was drafted this past year, not two years ago.
    ___________________
    I known Hendricks was drafted last year … a yeat after they drafted Barr higjh they went and got Hendricks who was a late first early second in stead of trYing to find an OL or WR they werent deep at… I know Speilman makes plenty of bad picks if someone isn’t there holding his hand. … you get players like Ponder Patterson and still waiting to see more from Bridgewater, but you can’t pretend like some wizardry was going on with Barr it was almost as easy as when Adrian Peterson fell to them at 7 a few years ago.

  52. fansince68 says: Mar 5, 2016 1:13 PM

    The Vikings are looking for better starting quality but he played better as the year progressed. Really took it to Matthews in the last game to win the division. Good to have on the team. Solid guy.

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