Anthony Harris is a free agent safety, most recently with the Minnesota Vikings.
Harris completed his sixth NFL season in 2020, all with the Vikings.
The Vikings signed him as an UDFA following the 2015 NFL Draft.
Harris signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in 2020 valued at $11.44 million after the team applied the franchise tag to him.
His best season was 2019 when he had a career-best six interceptions, the most earned by a Minnesota Viking in 15 years.
His performance was not as dominant in 2020, but at 29, he still is a veteran player that can help out a team needing a safety.
PFF ranks him 7th on its list of free agents and project his contract could be $14 million per year for a four-year deal.
Here are three teams who would be ideal fits for Harris.
1. Cleveland Browns
The Browns lost their rookie safety Grant Delpit during training camp last season.
There are high expectations associated with Delpit, but veteran leadership from Harris could help his development.
Because Coach Stefanski was with the Vikings for Anthony Harris’s entire tenure, he is very familiar with what Harris can do.
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) February 24, 2021
There were plenty of rumors last year that Stefanski was trying to get Harris, but the Vikings put the tag on Harris and the asking price for him became too steep for the Browns.
The Browns settled for Andrew Sendejo at safety, signing him to a one-year deal.
It did not go well.
Best passer rating allowed when targeted, defenders:
1. Xavien Howard – 46.1
2. L'Jarius Sneed – 47.2
3. Bryce Callahan – 47.8
4. Robert Spillane – 51.4
1. Chris Claybrooks – 146.6
2. Antoine Winfield Jr. – 146.1
3. Andrew Sendejo – 145.5
4. Ashtyn Davis – 142.2
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) December 27, 2020
2. Washington Football Team
WFT’s safety Landon Collins tore his Achilles in October.
There has been talk of moving Collins to linebacker so WFT could definitely use Anthony Harris.
Like Cleveland, WFT is in a more favorable financial position than most NFL teams so they can afford to sign him also.
Another similarity with Cleveland is that WFT took a long look at Harris last year and were interested in adding him before the Vikings franchise tagged him.
Plugging Harris into Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack del Rio’s schemes could be fun to watch.
Both Rivera and del Rio are players’ coaches, well-liked and highly reputable so players want to play for them.
Playing for the WFT would be a homecoming of sorts for Harris who was born in Richmond, Virginia and went to college at the University of Virginia.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
In addition to landing Urban Meyer as their head coach for 2021, the Jaguars will likely be drafting Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall in the upcoming draft.
Not all of the attention will be on strengthening the Jaguars offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 Offseason:
♦️ Proj. Cap Space: $77 million
♦️ Team needs: CB, S, EDGE, WR, T, QB
♦️ Players to Target: EDGE Shaquil Barrett, S Anthony Harris, WR T.Y. Hilton
PFF's 2021 Free Agency Preview 👇 https://t.co/orC4eRMvk6
— PFF (@PFF) February 10, 2021
In 2020, the Jags defense ranked 27th against the pass.
The Jags are a young team so Anthony Harris could be vital for leadership and snaps.
We will not have to wait much longer to find out where Anthony Harris is headed.
Free agent signings will begin at the start of the official 2021 NFL year on March 17, 2021 at 4 pm EDT.