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Vikings safety Anthony Harris inks franchise tender

Harris now officially under contract as talks of a long term deal continue.

On Sunday, Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris signed his franchise tender, officially placing him under contract for the 2020 season. Harris will make a guaranteed $11.441 million on the tag.

Courtney Cronin of ESPN confirmed the news after Harris posted the following message on social media earlier in the day.

 

Harris is just the third player in team history to receive the franchise tag. Linebacker Chad Greenway (2011) and tight end Jim Kleinsasser (2003) are the only other recipients.

Harris, 28, enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. He tied for the league-lead in interceptions with six, recorded his first career touchdown, piled up 60 tackles and broke up 11 passes. He was ranked as the number one safety in the league out of 86 safeties by Pro Football Focus.

Alongside Pro Bowler and fellow homegrown safety Harrison Smith, Harris and Smith form the highest-graded safety duo in all of football. For a team with so much youth in the secondary, including seven rookies, the Vikings will be able lean on the tandem for guidance and leadership moving forward. 

As Harris noted in his post, his agents will continue working with the Vikings on a long-term extension. The deadline for such an agreement is July 15th at 3pm CST.

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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 is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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