Childress: Vikings will look at CB Harris

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 2:29 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Vikings head coach Brad Childress said Monday he anticipates looking at tape at CB Al Harris, who was just cut by the Packers.

Childress, however, isn't sure if Harris fits on the 53-man roster, over which he famously has final say. "I don't know if there's a spot right now," Childress said.

Harris, 35, was told Saturday night he would be released. The Packers announced the move Monday.

As in the case of former Vikings WR Randy Moss, Harris has been placed on waivers because we are past the NFL's trade deadline. Any team claiming Harris — the order is the inverse of the standings, which the 3-5 Vikings moved up following Sunday's victory — would also take on the remainder of his $2.5 million base salary.

If no team claims Harris, he would be a free agent. If that happens, the Vikings would become more interested because it would allow them to sign Harris at a lower amount. But the roster is full right now, and perhaps even brimming over.

Word is that WR Sidney Rice might be ready to make his season debut on Sunday against the Bears, and the Vikings would need to make a roster deletion to add Rice, who is coming off the PUP list, to the active roster.

Harris suffered a torn ACL last season and recently had begun practicing with the Packers, but they decided he wasn't in their immediate plans. The Vikings are shorthanded at corner with Cedric Griffin out for the season and Asher Allen and Lito Sheppard struggling at times. Harris told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein that an NFC North team had shown interest in his services but that he couldn't reveal which one.