NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020.
Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris
Undrafted in 2015 out of Virginia
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-1 | 202 lbs. | 28 years old
A year ago, the Redskins biggest free-agent signing came at the safety position, when they inked Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal. One year later, they could be right back in the safety market for someone to pair with him.
Enter Vikings safety Anthony Harris.
In his first full season as Minnesota's full-time free safety, Harris emerged as one of the best coverage safeties in the entire NFL. In just 14 games, Harris hauled in six interceptions, tied for the NFL's best alongside New England's Stephon Gilmore and Buffalo's Tredavious White. That's some elite company.
Harris worked his way to the top of his position from the ground up. In a weak safety draft in 2015, Harris did not hear his name called. He signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and failed to make the Week 1 roster. He spent months on the practice squad before Minnesota promoted him to the active roster in December of his rookie season.
For the next three years, Harris played special teams and served as the backup safety behind Andrew Sendejo. When Sendejo was released in March, Harris was given the opportunity to be the full-time starter in 2019. He made the most of it.
The Redskins could certainly benefit from Harris's cover skills. Collins is at his best in the box playing closer to the line of scrimmage. Harris would have the opportunity to play centerfield for Washington and truly display his ball-hawking skills, something the Burgundy and Gold have coveted for a long time.
One of Harris' biggest strengths is his versatility. At just 202 lbs., he's one of the thinner safeties in the league but has the ability to line up as a slot cornerback as well. Washington could use him in a number of different packages and looks.
Harris is one of the best safeties in a decent market. The 28-year-old likely will not command the money that Collins did but could land a contract that pays him over $12 million annually. Harris does not have the track record that Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson and Earl Thomas have, but all three have signed contracts in the past year with an AAV over $12 million.
The Redskins currently have $38.9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. But new head coach Ron Rivera has several decisions to make on veterans Josh Norman, Ryan Kerrigan, and Trent Williams, among others, that could almost double Washington's cap space prior to the beginning of free agency.
Harris would be a massive upgrade over Montae Nicholson and Troy Apke. Whether the Redskins sign Harris or someone else (maybe Tre Boston, perhaps?) improving the free safety position is a must for a team that wants to become competitive again in 2020.
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