Giants Ink Safety
Harris now a Giant
Harris now a Giant

Posted Oct 22, 2002

To make room on the roster for safety Johnnie Harris, the Giants waived rookie safety Ryan Clark.

The Giants signed safety Johnnie Harris, who played for the Oakland Raiders from 1999-2001. To make room on their roster, the Giants waived rookie safety Ryan Clark.

"We had him in for a workout and I looked at tape on him," Fassel said. "The guy's been in the league, and I thought he was a real good athlete. I liked what I had heard about him athletically and as a person. I'm concerned (about the safety position) right now. I think everything is fine, but if we get an injury here or there, we could be in trouble."

Harris will play safety and get a chance to contribute on special teams.

Harris, 6-0, 210, played in 35 games for the Raiders, including seven starts, all at safety. Last year, he played all 16 regular-season games and started five at free safety. He also started Oakland's AFC Wild Card victory over the Jets. Harris finished the season with 38 tackles. He also added 10 tackles on special teams.

In 2000, Harris played in 15 games, with two starts. He had 33 tackles, a forced fumble and four pass break-ups. He also had an interception in the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore. Harris joined the Raiders as a free agent in 1999. He was on the team's practice squad for the first 12 games before he was signed to the active roster.

Prior to joining the NFL, Harris had an eclectic career. In 1998, he was the Arena Football League's Defensive Player of the Year after setting a record with 33 passes defended for the Tampa Bay Storm. He played five games for the Storm in 1997 before re-joining the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He had 61 tackles and five interceptions in 18 games and was named to the CFL All-Star team.

Harris played college football at Mississippi State, where he started all 12 games as a senior in 1994. He was born Aug. 21, 1972.

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