Chris Harris – Cornerback (Denver Broncos), Age: 30
Key 2019 Stats: One interception, six passes defended, one forced fumble, 56 tackles
After losing Kareem Jackson to the Denver Broncos in the 2019 offseason, the Houston Texans ended up signing away Bradley Roby from Denver on a one-year deal. This deal worked out in the short-term, but Roby will command a bigger contract this time around. What better way to mitigate his potential loss than to sign his former running mate in former first-team All-Pro Chris Harris?
Ideally, both Roby and Harris could reunite and attempt to recreate the “No Fly Zone” secondary they excelled within during their Super Bowl win in 2015-16. However, that might be difficult to attain considering the number of suitors in the open market for good secondary talent.
Shoring up the cornerback position would go a long way towards overcoming the high-powered offenses in the league, and the Texans have a clear need to improve that area of their defense.
As a former four-time Pro-Bowler, Harris earned close to $12 million after reworking his deal for his final season in Denver. Although he’s entering his early 30’s, Harris’ play has not dropped off in recent years, and would help provide consistency to a unit that might be losing both Roby and Johnathan Joseph.
The expected market value for Harris could be in the area of what he earned last season, so a three-year that is front loaded with the guaranteed money could be a respectable and reasonable solution to a major positional need for the Texans.