The Minnesota Vikings recently shocked many people when they applied the franchise tag to safety Anthony Harris.
The Vikings franchised Harris on Monday just before the deadline for $11.44 million.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, they did so with the intention of possibly trading him.
The #Vikings surprisingly applied the franchise tag to safety Anthony Harris but acknowledged to teams that Harris could be had for a mid-to-late round draft pick, source said. A potential tag and trade candidate.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns are interested in a trade with the Vikings, who are seeking at least a third and ideally a second.
#Browns are exploring a trade for #Vikings safety Anthony Harris, a source tells clevelanddotcom. But another source says it will take at least a 3rd, prob a 2nd, which is prob too rich https://t.co/idunpQlvLH
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 17, 2020
The Browns have the No. 41 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 draft.
They also have two 3rd round picks at No.74 and No. 97.
The Browns’ interest in Harris is no surprise given his obvious links to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski with whom he spent all 5 of his seasons with.
The Browns are also thin at safety with the recent departures of Eric Murray, Juston Burris, and Morgan Burnett.
The Browns still have Damarious Randall, but he could still sign elsewhere.
In 2019 as a full-time starter, Harris had 60 tackles, 11 passes defended, and 6 interceptions in 14 games.
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