Report: Vikings discussing long-term deal with Anthony Harris

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The Vikings reportedly put out word after franchising Anthony Harris that the safety was available for a mid- to late-round draft choice. It was presumed the Vikings would trade Harris.

Not so fast.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings have been “actively discussing” a long-term contract with Harris. Now, there is “increased belief” inside the team that Harris will play for Minnesota in 2020.

The Vikings have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Harris or he will play under the $11.441 million tag.

Harris’ preference is to sign a long-term deal with Minnesota, per Tomasson, and Harris wants to be among the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. That would put his yearly average somewhere around $14 million per season.

The Vikings have Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith with cap numbers of $10.75 million in 2020 and $10.25 million in 2021.

Harris’ return would help a secondary that has seen cornerback Xavier Rhodes, cornerback Trae Waynes, primary nickelback Mackensie Alexander, backup safety Andrew Sendejo and backup safety Jayron Kearse depart this offseason.

Harris, 28, made 60 tackles, six interceptions and 11 pass breakups last season in his fifth season in Minnesota.

9 responses to “Report: Vikings discussing long-term deal with Anthony Harris

  1. Spending $23-$25M for 2 safety es is CRAZY!
    Especially with soooo many gaping holes currently in the roster
    Little to no depth at CB, OT, Guard, DE

    Don’t go crazy with a long term deal
    Stick to the 1-yr franchise tag, then trade him or let him walk in 2021
    Will end up getting a 3rd-4th rounder as a comp pick anyway

  2. I’d like to hear where the info was that they’d trade him for a late round pick. That’s nonsense.

  3. Of all the DB’s that have departed, only Alexander is worth mentioning. All the others, Rhodes, Waynes, Sendejo, and Kearse are liabilities and are rightfully gone. Cincinnati got a very solid player in Alexander, but will soon see that they grossly overpaid for Trae Waynes.

    I hope they work out a deal with Harris long term in the 8-10 mil a year range. If they do, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try and trade Harrison Smith to free up space and get a draft pick in the process.

  4. Read between the lines. They want teams to think they are keeping him to maximize leverage and return. No way they are spending that much on a safety tandem when there are such gaping holes elsewhere with so little cap space.

  5. If they can hang on to Harris, it will signal to Viking fans that the front office and coaching staff are serious about winning. You don’t let the league’s leading interceptor walk away for a mid round draft pick if you’re interested in winning.

    It still wouldn’t surprise me to see them trade him, but if that happens it had better be for a top-50 draft pick this year. Otherwise, I’d rather see him in purple for the foreseeable future.

  6. I hope they sign and trade Harris get as many draft picks as they can for him. Anthony is a good player but he doesn’t deserve Hunter& Harrison Smith type money.

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