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The Minnesota Vikings decided to franchise tag safety Anthony Harris in an effort to trade him for more draft capital. After the team’s unsuccessful attempt at this due to a very weak market for safeties, the team is now reportedly trying to work out a long-term deal with Harris. 

Harris, a former undrafted free agent from the University of Virginia, worked his way up from the practice squad in 2015 to starting safety alongside All-Pro Harrison Smith for most of the last two seasons.

In 2019, Harris recorded a team leading six interceptions. The Vikings have about $11.375 million in cap space for 2020, according to Spotrac.com, with Harris’ cap hit currently being $11.441 million. Harris is reportedly seeking a contract that would put him among the highest paid safeties according to Chirs Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. 

The move might put Harris’ average salary number around $14 million a year, but could lower his cap hit for 2020. A possibly important move for GM Rick Spielman whose staff is trying to make moves despite leaving themselves with very little wiggle room and a lot of dead cap.

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