Report: Minnesota Vikings and Anthony Harris Unable to Reach a Contract Extension

According to Ian Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings and Anthony Harris will be unable to reach a long term extension before today’s deadline. As a result, Harris will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag. His $11,441,000 salary is fully guaranteed.

There was some hope that the Vikings would be able to put together an extension that works for both sides, one that would ensure Harris gets rewarded for his incredible play while also freeing more cap space for the 2020 season. The Vikings seem content with their current cap situation, though, perhaps explaining the lack of extension.

The lack of extension also sets up an interesting dynamic for the Vikings’ elite safety tandem heading into next offseason. Harris will be a free agent and all of Harrison Smith’s $10.25 million salary can be eliminated with no dead money, according to Over the Cap. If the Vikings are interested in continuing to reshape their roster — especially the defense — they’ll have the option to move on from both elite safeties.

That being said, the safe money rests on GM Rick Spielman trying to re-sign Harris and work with Smith to restructure his contract.