Could Anthony Harris be heading to the Cleveland Browns?

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Anthony Harris
(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Anthony Harris /

Could the Minnesota Vikings safety fix a problem for the Cleveland Browns?

Back in March, the Cleveland Browns were reportedly looking into potentially acquiring Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris.

The report from’s Mary Kay Cabot mentioned that in order to land Harris in a trade, the Browns would have to send the Vikings a third-round draft pick at the very least and they would also have to sign the safety to a new, multi-year contract.

Harris is currently taking part in Minnesota’s training camp, so obviously a deal to send the safety to Cleveland was never completed. However, a recent injury in the Browns secondary could result in them potentially giving Vikings general manager Rick Spielman a call about Harris in the near future.

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On Monday, Cleveland lost rookie safety Grant Delpit for the entire season thanks to a torn Achilles. Drafted in the second round earlier this year, Delpit was expected to play an important role for the Browns defense in 2020 and potentially open the season as a starter.

With the loss, Cleveland’s depth at the safety position is lacking with Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo now the two best options left on the roster.

Since the Browns were reportedly interested in acquiring Harris earlier this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they attempted to make a deal with Minnesota now that Delpit will miss the entire 2020 season.

In order for the Vikings to trade the veteran safety, however, they need to first make sure they have someone on their current roster who can replace him in the starting lineup.

Minnesota did add former Miami Dolphins safety Steven Parker to the team recently. But is he capable of being a reliable starter for the Vikings in 2020?

Affording Harris certainly shouldn’t be a problem for Cleveland since they currently have around $40 million in cap space. The safety is playing on the franchise tag this year with a cap hit of $11.441 million.

In order to convince Minnesota to give up Harris less than three weeks before their regular-season opener though, the Browns will also need to present a pretty enticing offer.

The Vikings reportedly wanted no less than a third-round draft pick back in March, but at this point in the offseason, Minnesota might have bumped that price tag up to nothing less than a second-round selection.

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If a prediction had to be made today, bet on Harris suiting up for the Vikings in Week 1. But if the Browns’ safety depth begins to become a problem for them early in the season, they might be willing to give up whatever it takes to acquire the Minnesota safety before this year’s trade deadline.