Minnesota Vikings Use Franchise Tag on Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris

Five-year NFL Safety Anthony Harris will not hit the open market. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings have used the franchise tag to keep him around for at least one more season. Harris played the 2019 season with the Minnesota Vikings where he has played throughout the entirety of his career.

Anthony Harris Signs With the xxx

Harris spent the 2019 season with the 10-6 Minnesota Vikings. He played in 14 games and put up impressive numbers. He finished the year with 60 tackles, 11 passes defended, and a league-leading 6 interceptions. Harris was graded as the top safety in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

Harris initially entered the league back in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia. As a rookie, Harris recorded 15 tackles and two passes defended. He played in a total of four games while starting two.

Over the next three seasons, Harris served primarily as a backup while starting a total of nine games in that period. In those three seasons Harris recorded a total of 105 tackles, 8 passes defended, and 3 interceptions. During that time span, Harris played primarily on special teams and in certain packages. It wasn’t until the 2019 season where Harris was finally able to crack the starting lineup.

Throughout the course of his career, Harris has recorded 180 tackles, 21 passes defended, and 9 interceptions. Harris also has experience playing on special teams as that is where he has played for the majority of his five-year career.

Adding a player of Harris’ caliber should provide a great boost next season. He is a player who possesses incredible ball skills which he showed when he snagged six interceptions a season ago. Even though he has a small sample size as a starter, it appears that Harris will have a long and successful career in the NFL if 2019 was any indication.

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