Former top Vikings defender has been cut by the Eagles

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Anthony Harris
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Anthony Harris /

On Tuesday, former Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris was informed that he was among the players being let go by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Last season was the first for Anthony Harris in his NFL career that wasn’t spent in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. Harris suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021 and he ended up appearing in 14 games for them.

In these 14 matchups, the former Vikings safety racked up 72 tackles, three pass breakups, and one interception. These numbers weren’t terrible, but Harris only wound up grading as the 53-best safety in the league last season by PFF.

He re-signed with the Eagles earlier this offseason with the hopes of being a top contributor for their defense during the 2022 campaign. However, Philadelphia put an end to those hopes on Tuesday when they released Harris as part of their final roster cuts before the regular season.

After his release by the Philadelphia Eagles, where will former Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris end up next?

Despite the Eagles not having room for Harris on their roster this year, he could still add some value to another team that’s in need of improving their safety depth.

Yes, Harris is 30-years-old now, but he’s only missed five games since 2016, so durability hasn’t become a concern with him yet. Harris could definitely have a new team before the start of the 2022 season, and it would be very surprising if he didn’t play at all this year.

It’s fair to say that his best performances are likely behind him though. With the Vikings, Harris graded as a top-three safety in 2018 and 2019 by PFF and those were easily the two best seasons of his career.

Since then, he’s just been pretty average. Teams around the league still have use for average though, especially if that player has a history of not missing time due to injury.

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