3 Safeties the Vikings Should Target if Anthony Harris Exits in Free Agency
The Minnesota Vikings have one of the league's most talented rosters on paper, but they could be losing a key cog in free agency. Anthony Harris, a two-year starter for the team at safety, had a career year in 2019, recording 6 interceptions, which tied him with Tre'Davious White and Stephon Gilmore for the most in the NFL.
With fellow safety Andrew Sendejo's contract also set to expire, the Vikings could be out of luck if Harris leaves, as star safety Harrison Smith is about to enter his age-31 season. If Minnesota doesn't manage to re-sign Harris, here are three safeties the Vikings should target in the offseason.
1. Antoine Winfield Jr.
Son of Vikings' legend Antoine Winfield Sr., Antoine Winfield Jr. would be a natural replacement for Harris. The sophomore was all over the field for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, recording 85 tackles, 7 interceptions, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and even notched a defensive touchdown. That level of versatility would make Winfield a natural fit in Mike Zimmer's defense.
2. Tony Jefferson
Tony Jefferson was just released by the Baltimore Ravens after a three-year stint with the team. Injuries limited him to just five games last season, which could knockdown his price tag. That makes him a great target for the cap-strapped Vikings. In fact, no team currently has less available cap space than Minnesota. If the Vikings can get Jefferson on the cheap, he could be an impactful player.
3. Tre Boston
While Jefferson does more of his damage near the line of scrimmage, Tre Boston specializes more in pass coverage. He's recorded at least three interceptions in three consecutive seasons, highlighted by a 5-interception campaign in 2017. Some of Minnesota's cornerbacks, like Xavier Rhodes, took a pretty significant step back in 2019. Adding Boston would help alleviate some concerns around regression from Minnesota's corners, and he shouldn't be nearly as expensive as some of the other top safeties, like Justin Simmons or Jimmie Ward.
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