Report: Vikings to Re-sign Two of Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Anthony Harris and Mack Brown to Sign ERFA Tenders, Jeff Overbaugh to Become UFA

The Minnesota Vikings are on the board! With the first “roster moves” since signing offensive lineman Josh Andrews in early February, the team has decided to bring back two of its own.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings will tender a one-year contract to safety Anthony Harris. Harris is an exclusive rights free agent and will earn $705,000 in 2018. Tomasson reported Harris is expected to sign the deal next week.

Harris joined the Vikings in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. In three seasons he has made eight starts, registering 47 tackles, three fumble recoveries and four passes defended. He was the fill-in for Andrew Sendejo when the starter missed two games due to injury and one to suspension.

He played well in limited time, earning an impressive 81.4 grade from Pro Football Focus. Harris also collected seven tackles in the team’s two playoff games.

The third-year player joins Sendejo, Harrison Smith, and Jayron Kearse as returning safeties on the Vikings roster.

From VT’s offseason preview of in-house free agents:

ERFA = Exclusive Rights Free Agent

  • Players with two or fewer accrued seasons
  • Must sign with current team
  • Becomes an unrestricted free agent if not offered a contract by current team


  • Tomasson later reported running back Mack Brown, also an ERFA, will receive a $630,000 one-year tender from the team. In 2017, Brown had one kick return for 17 yards in Minnesota. He did not have any carries or catches.
  • Also reported: longsnapper Jeff Overbaugh will NOT be tendered an offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Overbaugh, also an ERFA, appeared in one regular season game and two playoff games. The report added Kevin McDermott is recovering well from shoulder surgery and is the Vikings longsnapper moving forward.

The deals will become official when the new league year begins next Wednesday.The Vikings may speak to unrestricted free agents beginning next Monday.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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    1. Brown’s got some nice film out there from a Redskins pre-season game from a year or two ago, including a long TD run, if I remember correctly. When he was first signed by the Vikings, it was just before last season’s game with Washington, and many comments were made that he was signed due to his familiarity with the Redskins’ playbook and predicting that he would be cut after the game. Those predictions were all wrong, as he remained with the team for the rest of the season and now he’s been offered a contract for next season, so it’s clear the coaches like something about him. Hey, Sean, do you have any idea what exactly the coaches do like about Brown?

      I went from being very high on Harris in 2015 to being kind of low on him in 2016 to being high on him again after he made some good appearances and got that very solid final grade from PFF for 2017. Give him another year, and he’ll either be competing for Sendejo’s job here or a starting job on some other team. Damn, we’ve got some good position coaches on this team!