Anthony Harris – S
The Vikings are far better off for having safety Anthony Harris on the roster in 2020. There was plenty of speculation surrounding the player’s future this offseason. But a potential departure did not materialize either during free agency or via the trade market.
Harris enjoyed the best season of his career for Minnesota in 2019. His tandem with perennial Pro Bowler Harrison Smith was arguably the NFL’s best safety duo last year. And there is real hope that the former Virginia star can build on this positive momentum next time around.
If Harris lives up to his billing, then he is sure to be in contention for a First-Team All-Pro selection. His efforts in 2019 earned an exceptional 90.5 grade from Pro Football Focus. And despite the player commanding some serious interest this spring, the Vikings made a shrewd move by placing him under the franchise tag.
This buys them time if nothing else as Harris will make a base salary of $11.44 million next season. Another year of outstanding production from the safety would give Minnesota no other alternative other than to offer him a multi-year extension.
Whether they will be able to do this with the salary cap potentially coming down is another matter. Big sacrifices will need to be made in 2021 and this could see Harris try his luck elsewhere if contract negotiations continue to frustrate.