3 players the Vikings should consider putting on the trade block

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Potential Trade Partners:

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Baltimore Ravens

Even after they placed the franchise tag on him, the Vikings were reportedly trying to shop Anthony Harris around this past offseason. So it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Minnesota threw Harris back up on the trade block before this year’s deadline.

Last season, Harris was exceptional and arguably one of the best safeties in the NFL. He’s been playing solid this year, but it definitely isn’t near to the level that he was performing at in 2019.

This season, Harris already has more missed tackles (four) than he had in all of 2019, he’s given up two touchdowns in pass coverage, and opposing quarterbacks have a 124.7 rating when targeting the safety. Last year, opposing passers had a rating of just 44.2 when they targeted pass-catchers who were covered by Harris.

If Harris ends up looking for a contract next year that pays him similarly to what he’s currently making on the franchise tag (over $11 million), it seems pretty unlikely that he will return to Minnesota. It’s not that the Vikings wouldn’t want him back, they just aren’t expected to have a ton of cap space and they’re likely going to spend the small amount of money that they do have on younger players with more upside.

There were a few teams who were reportedly interested in adding Harris to their roster this past offseason, including Kevin Stefanski and the Browns. Minnesota should be giving these teams a call before the trade deadline to see if they’re still interested in making a deal.