UPDATE 2:30 PM: According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings got a hell of a deal for Harris:
Source says Mike Harris one-year deal with the Vikings is in the range of $1.75 million.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 9, 2016
That is incredibly cheap for someone that should be in the mix for starting guard. Slick Rick Strikes again!
After helping to bolster the offensive line earlier in the day with the signing of former San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone, the Minnesota Vikings have managed to bring back one of their better offensive linemen from last season.
Per Ben Goessling from ESPN.com. . .
#Vikings are close to a one-year deal with Mike Harris, per league source. He'll come back to prove himself.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 9, 2016
The financial terms of Harris' deal have not been disclosed yet, but his return brings about an interesting situation for the Vikings' offensive line.
Harris was originally signed by the Vikings in 2014 to be a swing tackle, and he did get six starts at right tackle that season after Phil Loadholt suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. He was then thrown into the mix at right guard this season, won the job in Training Camp, and played relatively well there throughout the season.
The signing of Boone, the return of Phil Loadholt, and now the return of Harris is going to result in what could be an interesting free-for-all on the offensive line. Players like T.J. Clemmings and even Joe Berger (whose status as a starter depends on how John Sullivan's comeback is going) are going to have a pretty fierce competition for starting spots up front, and the players that don't would undoubtedly provide some quality depth.
The Vikings knew going into this offseason that the offensive line was probably their biggest weakness, and one that they could address in free agency. With the official start of free agency less than an hour away, it appears that's where the focus has been.