Carolina Panthers: 4 options if Tre Boston opts-out in 2020

(Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) Tre Boston
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Anthony Harris, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Option No. 4: Trade for Anthony Harris

If the Carolina Panthers wanted to be especially bold in their quest to replace Tre Boston should he opt-out, then they might want to explore a trade for Anthony Harris. The Minnesota Vikings’ safety enjoyed the finest campaign of his career to date in 2019. And the organization hasn’t worked out a long-term deal with the player.

Harris will be playing on the franchise tag next season and will make a base salary of $11.44 million. His tandem with Harrison Smith was arguably the league’s best at the safety position. And there is just no telling what sort of impact he would make on the Panthers.

It might be one of the more unrealistic options for the Panthers to consider. But being bold is something that the front office has done plenty of during a frenzied offseason period of activity.

This would be a significant coup for Carolina. And one that probably wouldn’t come cheap. Harris earned an exceptional 90.5 grade from Pro Football Focus last season. So the Vikings would not want to give up such an outstanding performer without getting a king’s ransom in return.

There is also his contract situation to consider. The franchise would need to be sure that Harris would sign an extension with the team next spring. And whether the former Virginia star would be willing to do this during the Panthers’ rebuilding phase is questionable.

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