The second-round tender is worth $3.1 million for 2019, after which Harris will have a chance to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The 27-year-old projects to start at strong safety next to Harrison Smith.
Harris logged 46 tackles, six passes defended and three interceptions last season after replacing Andrew Sendejo as the Vikings' starting strong safety in Week 6. Minnesota has elected not to pick up Sendejo's contract option for 2019, indicating that Harris has a clear path to the starting job in 2019.
Harris has played well in the secondary since seeing his first defensive snaps against the Cardinals in Week 6, racking up 17 tackles (10 solo) along with three interceptions over the last six games. The fourth-year safety's strong play will likely net him the starting gig for the rest of 2018, providing Harris with an opportunity to prove that he can hold down a safety spot, which could make him a valuable asset on the open market after the season.
Harris had four tackles and two interceptions in Sunday's loss at Chicago. He played all 74 of the defense's snaps.
Harris got a third consecutive start at safety and has made a strong impression by also grading well in pass coverage. He could stick as a starter the rest of the season.
Harris was announced as the starter at safety in place of the injured Andrew Sendejo (groin) for Sunday's game against the Lions, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.
Harris logged a season high 49 defensive snaps in a Week 8 loss to the Saints, earning the nod as a starter this week over George Iloka and Jayron Kearse.
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