Former Ticat Erik Harris signs with the Atlanta Falcons

Photo courtesy: Tony Avelar/Las Vegas Raiders

One of the highest profile CFL-to-NFL success stories in recent years has found a new home.

According to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, the Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent safety Erik Harris, bringing his time with the Las Vegas Raiders to a close.

The soon-to-be 31-year old had played four seasons for the silver and black, starting in 30 games and accumulating five interception, 20 pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

After going unselected in the 2012 NFL draft, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats provided the first opportunity for Harris to play in the pros. Harris spent three seasons in the Hammer, playing in 45 games and making 79 tackles, another 27 on special teams and three interceptions as a standout strong-side (SAM) linebacker. Standout leadership, play and film caught the attention of NFL talent evaluators.

The Los Angeles, California native originally signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2016, seeing action in four games prior to tearing his ACL which Harris recovered from in time for training camp in 2017.

The Raiders signed Harris quickly after the Saints let him go in September. During both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Harris was mainly a special teams player but he earned the starting role during the 2018 season when he made 49 tackles, defended seven passes and intercepted two balls in 16 games.

His production earned Harris a two-year contract extension and his performance peaked with 74 tackles and three interceptions, including two for touchdowns, in 2019. Harris beat out former first round pick Damarious Randall to stick with the Raiders in 2020 and was praised as a ‘glue guy’ by GM Mike Mayock, but will now take his talents to Georgia.