Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr

Could Chris Harris Jr. find a new home with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020?

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By Mike Brez March 3, 2020 0 Comment
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After trading a 2020 fourth-round pick for cornerback A.J. Bouye, Chris Harris Jr. will hit free agency. Could he sign with the Kansas City Chiefs?

On Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Broncos made an agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars to acquire cornerback A.J. Bouye. Denver is giving up the fourth-round pick they received from the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline in 2019. The trade likely told us everything we need to know about the availability of Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

After the trade was reported, Troy Renck of Denver7 said that Chris Harris Jr., a free agent later this month, is “unlikely” to return in 2020. Harris, 30, would be hitting the open market to sign elsewhere for the first time in his career after nine years in Denver. During those nine years, Harris made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. In seven of those seasons, he played all 16 games.

Adding to the crop of talented cornerbacks set to hit free agency, Harris should have no problem finding a new home in 2020. Even at the age of 30, Chris Harris Jr. will be looking for a longterm deal with a new team. His production and availability will require more than another short extension like he received last offseason.

Teams that will likely be interested in acquiring Harris include the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions. Within the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders will need to address the cornerback position as well. Could Chris Harris Jr. decide to stay in the AFC West suiting up in red and gold come 2020?

Could Chris Harris Jr. sign with the Kansas City Chiefs?

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu put out a post on Twitter recruiting the former rival to Kansas City. It wouldn’t be uncommon for a player, especially at this stage in their career, to stay within the division. The question would be whether or not general manager Brett Veach could make the moves necessary to clear the cap space needed for Harris.

 

It would seem that Harris is open to the idea of suiting up with his formal rival. During an NFL Network segment earlier in the week, former NFL cornerback DeAngelo Hall named the Kansas City Chiefs as the best suitor for Chris Harris Jr.

Harris retweeted the tweet of the segment, making things a little more interesting. The Chiefs have holes in the cornerback room given two of their starters are set to hit the open market. Depth will be an issue as well, considering Morris Claiborne and Keith Reaser’s contracts are up after the 2019 season.

Does Chris Harris Jr. fit in Kansas City?

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants players that he can move around the defense. Fuller spent the early portion of the 2019 season as a nickel corner before being transferred to a more substantial safety role down the final stretch. Harris has the versatility to do that in Kansas City’s defense. As Hall mentioned in the segment, he can play the slot, outside, safety, or in the box.

The Chiefs would have to cut bait with some contracts, but the possibility is there. The need for a number one type cornerback has hung over Kansas City since trading away Marcus Peters. Could they get that true number one by signing their old divisional rival in 2020?

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