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Vikings/Giants discussed trade for Anthony Harris

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One of the larger narratives this off-season, along with the Dalvin Cook extension and nothing (thanks, COVID), was the Anthony Harris franchise tag situation. After one of the best breakout seasons by a Vikings player perhaps ever, Harris was set to hit free agency and command as big of a payday as any young, up-and-coming safety could.

Then the Vikings franchised him.

While it took awhile for Harris to sign the franchise tag, he eventually did and thats the end of that story. Right?

Well, kind of.

According to NFL Insider Mike Garafolo, the New York Giants kicked the tires on a trade for Harris between the time the Vikings had franchised Harris and the start of the Draft.

The Giants selected Alabama safety Xavier McKinney in the draft, nullifying any need for Harris’ services (and contract extension). The Vikings, or I mean Garofolo, said that the Vikings didn’t franchise tag Harris just to trade him (or rather, “just to give him away”), so the deal died.

You often hear teams deny failed trades as to attempt to make walking by the player of note in the hallways less awkward, and this very well could be one of those times. There were a lot of rumors about the Vikings looking to trade Harris back earlier this off-season, so this more sounds like both sides couldn’t agree on compensation.


Because the Giants used a second round pick on a safety, which shows they clearly were looking to improve at the position this off-season. Also, the Vikings took a decent amount of time to franchise Harris, which lends itself to the theory that they were entertaining offers.

Keep in mind that this was happening as the Vikings were shedding as many players (and cap space) as those of us that thought the 2017-19 Vikings roster had one more push left in them were shedding tears at the time.

Luckily, though, the Vikings retained Harris as he is one of the brightest young stars on their roster and was almost solely responsible for the defenses interceptions in 2019. I personally a lot better about this rebuild wit Harris on the roster than I would’ve felt otherwise (losing both starting corners as well as the nickel corner was enough blood letting for the secondary, I reckon)).

Especially considering that NFL trades are trash and the Vikings would’ve maybe received a third-round pick and a jugs machine for, again, one of the biggest breakout stars in recent team history.

What do you think? Should they have traded Harris? Should I stop crying about football and get a life? Let us know below!

Joe Johnson

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1 year ago

Honestly, kt sounds like the Giants were really low-balling us, and may only offering a 4th rounder! But, even if they did offer a 3rd, that’s what we would likely get as a compensatory pick if Harris signed elsewhere next year, so that wasn’t going to be enough for us to trade him. I think Rick was hoping to get a 2nd for him, and Zim was more than willing to use a cheaper option next to Smith. Who knows, if we had traded him, maybe instead of drafting Dantzler in the 3rd, we draft a safety there and sign a veteran CB in free agency. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Harris’ since his rookie season, and except for after what I thought was a bit of a sophomore slump, I’ve been confident in his becoming a quality starter all along.

And Joe, 2018 was his breakout season, with his nine-straight starts and stellar play. 2019 merely confirmed that Harris had become an elite safety, although I’ll admit that there are a few pundits who still think he’s a creation of the PFF spin machine. I sure don’t, though.

Duane McGraw
Duane McGraw
11 months ago

If the Vikings were really serious about gaining some capital and also some high draft picks to improve their offensive line they may have even considered trading Harrison Smith. Yeah yeah that wouldn’t have been a popular move for the same base but that is found championships are built. Sometimes you trade a player at the height of their ability especially since Smith is 30 now. Rick Spielman is too loyal to his favorites like Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Kirk Cousins, Riley reiff, Pat Elflein. Actually, trading Rudolph and letting the inconsistent Barr go would have allowed for both safeties to remain and maybe Alexander along with a new guard.

Gotta keep the fanbase happy though. Gotta be a good businessman though right? SMH

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