Anthony Harris, Eagles comply with one-year contract

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent security Anthony Harris to a one-year contract price $5 million, in line with NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Harris initially entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. He overlapped with new Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon on the Minnesota Vikings whereas contributing as a task participant throughout his first three seasons. Harris noticed extra vital enjoying time in 2018 earlier than serving as a full-time starter in 2019 and 2020. All advised, Harris has logged 47 begins in 81 profession common season video games (plus two begins in 5 playoff appearances).

Harris would’ve been one of many prime free brokers in the marketplace final yr had the Vikings not positioned the franchise tag on him. He had a flashy 2019 season with six interceptions and 11 passes defensed. As a substitute, Harris entered free company this yr coming off a weaker season for his requirements.

Right here’s a take a look at how Harris has graded out by Professional Soccer Focus since turning into an everyday starter:

2018 — fifth out of 100
2019 — 2nd out of 98
2020 — thirty eighth out of 99

Harris’s 118.1 passer score when focused in 2020, per Professional Soccer Reference, was considerably worse than his 44.2 mark in 2019 or 58.1 in 2018. His 8.8% missed deal with proportion was additionally a career-worst.

The Eagles had an apparent want at security with Jalen Mills leaving in free company and Rodney McLeod being a candidate to start the season on PUP after struggling an ACL harm in December. The one different safeties underneath contract have been Andrew Adams (extra of a particular groups contributor) and unproven choices equivalent to Marcus Epps (473 profession defensive snaps), Ok’Von Wallace (202), Grayland Arnold (82), and Elijah Riley (4).

Signing Harris to a one-year deal fills a short-term want for Philly. And if he rebounds to pre-2020 type, the Eagles probably received an elite participant for a relative cut price worth this season.

Then once more, perhaps Harris’s greatest years are behind him contemplating he turns 30 in October. And even when he does play properly, the Eagles can be taking a look at signing a 31-year-old to a multi-year extension. Versus taking an opportunity on a youthful participant (like Malik Hooker, for instance) who is perhaps a extra viable long-term piece for a “retooling” workforce.

Perhaps it’ll work out! Or perhaps it’ll be one other free agent flop.


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