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.
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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