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.
Source says the #Vikings will tender a one-year, $705,000 contract to exclusive rights free agent Anthony Harris and the safety will sign it. The third-year man is returning to Minnesota. https://t.co/9hPQhniYvY
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 8, 2018
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.
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.