Free agent cornerback Chris Harris is generating significant interest on the open market, according to the player himself. During a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Harris said he has heard from five teams (via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).
“Man, we’re definitely heating up,” Harris said. “I’m just taking my time and waiting to see what’s going to be the best fit for me. I’ve still got a little time, and I’m just waiting to make sure I pick the right team.”
Harris, 33, spent the first nine years of his career with the Broncos before signing a two-year, $20MM contract with the Chargers in March 2020. His time with the Bolts was marked by some availability issues, as he missed seven games in 2020 and another six contests in 2021. His Pro Football Focus grades of 61.9 and 62.4 over the last two seasons were also considerably lower than the marks he put up during his time in Denver.
Still, the four-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2010s All-Decade team offers the type of pedigree and experience that is hard to find in the days leading up to training camp, and teams in need of secondary help surely have Harris on their short list of possible signees. Harris’ willingness to play safety — he considers himself a position-less player who can line up on the boundary, in the slot, or at safety — should help his cause.
The Kansas product did not specify which teams have expressed interest at this point, though he said AFC West outfits have reached out, along with several NFC clubs. At this stage in his career, he is understandably looking to sign with a contender that has a strong quarterback situation, but every AFC West team fits that description, so that doesn’t narrow it down too much.
It is also unclear what type of money Harris is seeking, though his $68MM in career earnings — the second-highest mark among active players who went undrafted — suggests that the scheme fit and the opportunity to win a second championship ring is more important at this point. He hopes to sign no later than the middle of August.