Cons of signing Harris to a long-term deal
When you first break down the cons of signing Anthony Harris to a long-term deal, you have to consider the Vikings current financial situation.
Minnesota has very little left to spend and they are one of the teams with the fewest amount of dollars to spend thanks to some of the high-priced contracts they currently have on their roster.
With Harris signing his franchise tag, he will be making over $11 million in 2020. That money could have very well been spent elsewhere with the holes that are currently on the roster. Signing Harris to a long-term deal could potentially spike that number closer to the $15 million range.
Outside of the financial burden that Harris has put the Vikings in with his franchise tag, (and if you add in Harrison Smith‘s contract, he and Harris account for over 11 percent of the team’s salary cap), there aren’t many cons.
Harris is a fantastic player that has made an enormous impact on Minnesota’s defense over the past two seasons, with last year being his most significant.
While you may think that the finical issue with the Vikings would be enough of a con to let him walk, that also is something that the salary cap crew on this team will need to figure out and find a way to keep him on this team for the next three to five years. He’s an impactful player that provides experience and leadership on the backend of this Vikings defense.