4 remaining free agents that could start for the Vikings in 2022

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Chris Harris Jr. – Slot CB

2021 Team: Los Angeles Chargers

If the Vikings really do want to compete in 2022, one last enhancement of the secondary would be a wise choice.

A lot of the remaining free-agent cornerbacks would be outside corner which is where Chris Harris Jr. is unique. Harris was once a force at outside corner himself, but in the last two years with the Chargers, he has played predominantly in the slot.

Harris is no longer the elite defender he once was, and he will be 33-years-old in June. These two factors will play into his next contract being less than the two-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Chargers in 2020.

While the Vikings do currently have Chandon Sullivan on the roster for slot corner duties, in 2022  he by no means lit the world on fire for Green Bay these last few years and only signed with Minnesota for 1 year, $1.75 million. He is not guaranteed a starting spot, so bringing in Harris to compete with him could make sense.

The 2021 Vikings were a lesson in how only having one corner on the roster who can play in the slot can be detrimental. Mackensie Alexander was atrocious, and yet there was no one for Mike Zimmer to replace him with.

The addition of Harris would provide Minnesota with some insurance in the slot, and if need be, he has experience outside as well if any of Cam Dantzler, Patrick Peterson, or Andrew Booth Jr need replacing.

Depth in the secondary is always vital, so another veteran to help any of the younger corners along would fit in perfectly. Harris can come in and do both of those things for the purple and gold.