Vikings’ Safety Anthony Harris Signs $11.4 Million Franchise Tender

Anthony Harris #41 with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020. iPhoto by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Veteran safety Anthony Harris will remain with the Minnesota Vikings at least for one more year. Harris confirmed over the weekend that he signed his franchise tender with the organization and remains under Vikings control for 2020.

Minnesota placed a franchise tag on Harris in March in order to prevent him from departing the franchise as an unrestricted free agent. The two sides now have around two months to agree on a long-term deal. If the 28-year-old ends us playing on the tag, he will earn $11.4 million in 2020.

“I will let my agents and the Vikings work towards long term certainty in Minnesota, but I am excited to be back for the 2020 season. I am continuing my focus on what it takes to be successful both as a team, and an individual” Harris wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

Anthony Harris entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015, spending the first three seasons as a special teams player with Vikings. He got the opportunity to play safety more prominently in 2018 and followed that with a breakthrough season in 2019.

Harris finished the year with 60 tackles, 11 pass deflections, league-leading six interceptions, and one touchdown. In the postseason, he added an interception during the wild-card playoff win against New Orleans Saints.

Reportedly, Vikings would be interested in keeping Harris long term for the right price. If the talks become too expensive, they will most likely trade him.