Several teams are interested in former Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris, including one NFC North team, according to the National Football Post’s Joe Fortenbaugh.
At least six teams have inquired about Harris, whom the Packers released on Monday, according to the report.
The NFC North team is likely the Minnesota Vikings or Detroit Lions.
The Vikings start Antoine Winfield and Asher Allen, with Chris Cook serving as their nickel back. Lito Sheppard and Frank Walker are next on the depth chart.
If Harris is truly healthy, he’d easily be an upgrade over both Sheppard and Walker, although the Vikings would want to have him in for a physical before making a move.
The Vikings’ secondary has been hit hard by injuries. The corners that are still active have been dealing with an array of maladies and Cedric Griffin is on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Detroit starts Chris Houston and Alphonso Smith. They’re backed up by Nathan Vasher, Jonathan Wade and Brandon McDonald — not exactly a group of world beaters, as evidenced by the fact the Lions are ranked 22nd in pass defense.
Anyone who claims Harris will be responsible for the remainder of his salary, which is $2.5 million.
It’s also possible no one will claim Harris because no one’s seen him in action, this season, and he’s coming off a horrific knee injury. If that turns out to be the case, Harris will become a free agent and can sign with a team of his choosing.
Regardless of how it plays out, Harris thinks he can still play.
“I’m about to go work out and tear it up,” Harris said. “Who knows how much more I’ll go out and play? I might have a couple more years left.”