Eagles, S Anthony Harris Agree To Deal

Anthony Harris‘ 2021 salary will not match what he earned on a franchise tag in 2020, and the former Vikings safety will relocate to Philadelphia. The Eagles and Harris agreed to a deal Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

The Eagles are signing Harris to a one-year deal worth $5MM. This represents a bargain for Philly, considering Harris played last season on an $11.4MM franchise tag.

Rodney McLeod will have a third safety tandem partner in three years, with Harris following Malcolm Jenkins and Jalen Mills in this capacity. Harris will also rejoin Jonathan Gannon. The new Eagles DC spent time coaching defensive backs with the Vikings. Gannon worked as Minnesota’s assistant DBs coach from 2015-17.

Harris, however, broke out after Gannon’s departure for Indianapolis. He joined the Vikings’ starting lineup in 2018 and emerged with a six-interception 2019, forming a top-tier safety duo with Harrison Smith. The Vikings now need to replace Harris, whom they kept off the market last year. Harris loomed in trade rumors, being connected to Cleveland, but played on the tag in 2020.

Coming off an interception-less season, the 29-year-old defender did record a career-high 104 tackles. After grading him as a top-three overall safety in 2018 and ’19, Pro Football Focus ranked the 29-year-old defender 38th at the position last season. This contract comes after Harris changed agents, per Darren Wolfson of KSTP, who notes he is now with Drew Rosenhaus (Twitter link). This one-year pact will give Harris an opportunity to determine his long-term future while giving the Eagles a proven safety.

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  1. Simmons>Russ

    Eagles will suprise a few next season.
    Jalen Hurts is going to be really good. They got rid of all the old WRers and Wentz, plus Ertz is probably gone. Their o line will have Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard back. Miles Sanders had a really good season and should be even better next season behind a better o line. Then defensively they have Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham up front, with Darius Slay out back and now Harris is a nice addition.
    AJ Green would’ve been a real great signing but I still think the Eagles will bounce back strong

    • htbnm57

      I’m glad you are enthusiastic but this is based on Howie Roseman suddenly becoming good at drafting and everything else going as right as possible.

    • fathead0507

      U said got rid of their old WR then wanting AJ Green .. Harris gonna have fun watching the NFC East WR running by him

  2. outhaus33

    1 year for $5mil? With that kind of paycut, he either really wanted to leave Minnesota or Minnesota didn’t even try. That’s a steal for Philly

    • cka2nd

      My guess is the latter, and I agree that this is a steal, as I think Ant will bounce back.

  3. mhsaltz1963

    $5 mil is not a bargain. It was the best offer put on the table to Harris. He had no picks snd the Vikings defense was brutal last season. Howie thinks he’s smarter than everyone but he’s not.

  4. Blackjackscout

    This is definitely a smart move by the Eagles to pick him up for 1 year at a great price. They definitely need help at defensive secondary.

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