Vikings Re-Sign RFA Mike Harris, He Wants to Win LG Job


Is there a dark-horse candidate to take over the left guard job in Minnesota?

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Discussion about the LG position has thus far focused on journeyman Joe Berger and second-year man David Yankey, but there could be a third player in the mix: Mike Harris.

The 26-year-old Harris was re-signed yesterday by the Vikings to a one-year, $1.542 million deal, the value of his RFA tender.

Last year Harris filled in at right tackle after Phil Loadholt‘s season ending injury, starting the last 5 games.

Harris didn’t exactly distinguish himself in Loadholt’s place over those five games but the Vikings clearly see something in him that they want to cultivate.

It never hurts to have backup linemen who can play multiple positions but Harris clearly sees himself as more than that. He told the Pioneer-Press he has his eye on a starting job at left guard:

"“The job’s open and I’m going to compete for whatever I can get. I want to start in this league. I feel I could move inside. I’ve been working on it.”"

Moving inside might be the best option for Harris after the way he was dominated on the outside. If he can learn the left guard position and give Berger and Yankey a run for their money in training camp, then more power to him.

At the very least, Harris is a cheap backup who can play multiple positions and knows the scheme. I wouldn’t want to see him starting for another long stretch at tackle however. Cause he’s just not quick enough.

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