L.C. Bird High and University of Virginia alum Anthony Harris will continue his NFL career in the 2019 season.
He was tendered a $3.095 million contract by the Minnesota Vikings last week, and he will play for his fifth season in Minnesota.
Harris had been a restricted free agent, meaning that Minnesota had rights to sign him first, but had they not, he could have signed with any team in the National Football League.
The former L.C. Bird Skyhawk seized an opportunity to start last season at safety when incumbent Andrew Sendejo was injured. Sendejo was not offered a new contract by the team, and Harris figures to begin the season as a starter.
While never the biggest player on the field, Harris has impressed the Vikings with the mental side of his game – the ability to anticipate and read offenses to make plays is arguably among the best in the league. He used those skills to make 46 tackles and intercept three passes.
After a successful career at UVA that saw “Ant” make 148 solo tackles and intercept 11 passes to go with many on-and-off field honors, a shoulder injury caused his NFL Draft stock to fall. The Vikings signed him as a free agent and have been rewarded.
Harris is also a local business owner. He helped co-found CyroRVA, a cyrotheraphy facility that uses liquid nitrogen to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the body.