5 players the Minnesota Vikings shouldn’t trade in 2020

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Harrison Smith
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(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Anthony Harris
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The Vikings worked hard to clear enough salary cap space to put a surprise franchise tag on star safety Anthony Harris. What they do next regarding the safety will be equally as important.

Harris will make $11.44 million on the tag in 2020 and he is set to continue his formidable partnership with Harrison Smith. There is still the possibility of Minnesota working out a trade for the 28-year-old and receive something in return, rather than him walking away in free agency next offseason.

This is something the Vikings should avoid though if they want to make a return to the postseason in 2020. Harris was arguably the best safety in the NFL last season and he was set to earn a significant pay raise before Minnesota made the move to keep him on the roster.

Harris and Smith covered up a lot of the Vikings’ shortcomings at cornerback and with so much change expected in that area of the field this offseason, the duo will need to be at their best once again to give the organization the best possible chance of a second consecutive playoff berth.

Putting the franchise tag on Harris is not the ideal situation for him, but it still won’t prevent teams from seeing him as an upgrade and making a trade offer between now and the NFL Draft. Minnesota needs to resist the temptation of gaining more capital for incoming prospects and stick with a player that grabbed six interceptions in 2019.