After what was a stellar 2019 season for Vikings Safety Anthony Harris, the fifth-year player is currently slated to become a free agent in the 2020 off-season. His versatility and ability to make plays on the ball would make the perfect fit for this Dallas defense.
Harris was an undrafted free agent back in 2015 and up until the 2019 season played back-up roles at multiple positions for the Vikings, only starting 16 out of 52 of those games. He was then made the official starter for this past season and ended up being one of the league’s best coverage safeties all year, along with teammate Harrison Smith.
Highest graded safeties in coverage this season
1. Anthony Harris (91.6)
2. Harrison Smith (91.4) pic.twitter.com/5V4DycOJ7i
— PFF (@PFF) January 10, 2020
He had six interceptions in the regular season, which is tied for first with DPOY Stephon Gilmore, and added one more in the Wildcard playoff game against the Saints. Harris also tallied 60 tackles and 11 deflections. His play not only the highest PFF coverage grades for safeties, but it also landed him at number 12 out of PFF’s top 101 players in 2019.
It is no secret that the Cowboys defense struggled in multiple areas all season. One of the biggest flaws of the unit was not being able to take the ball away and get off the field.
The Cowboys only had seven interceptions on the season, led by Xavier Woods and Jourdan Lewis who each had two.
New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is a firm believer in the best defenses being able to get takeaways and has gone on record saying he wants to see more from this defense.
Cowboys DC Mike Nolan said he wants a swarming defense: "The No. 1 thing in winning football games is getting the ball for your offense. As a defense, that's what we'll strive to do all the time."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 27, 2020
Anthony Harris not only brings that much-needed element that Nolan wants, but he also brings the versatility to be able to play wherever he needs to. The Vikings played him all over at FS, SS, and even CB in the last five years.
The Minnesota Vikings have just over $11 million in team cap space but are expected to make more room by releasing some of their biggest contracts which could potentially save them up around $20-$30 million.
With the cuts they would have to make to free money, especially on the defensive side, it is unlikely that they do that and not do everything they can to bring back Anthony Harris to avoid denting that defense more.
If he were to hit free agency, he would undoubtedly be a very sought after name as many teams would find huge value in a ball-hawking safety.
With the Dallas Cowboys seemingly changing everything about the defense and it’s scheme in 2020, Anthony Harris would be virtually the perfect piece for them to bring in. For a new DC who is putting huge emphasis on taking the ball away, you would have to believe Harris would be a big target for him to go after if he were to hit free agency. It would be a move that not only obviously benefits the defense, but would only mean good things for their offense as well.
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