Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

Los Angeles Chargers add Chris Harris Jr. to a stacked secondary

  • 2020 NFL Free Agency
  • Chris Harris Jr.
  • Denver Broncos
  • los angeles chargers
By Jereme Jones March 18, 2020 0 Comment
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Which team has the best secondary in the NFL? It might be the Los Angeles Chargers after today’s signing of Chris Harris Jr.

The Los Angeles Chargers continued to be aggressive in the free-agent market on Wednesday, signing cornerback Chris Harris Jr. The deal is worth $20 million over two years. Harris has spent his entire career with the Chargers’ AFC West division rival, the Denver Broncos. Many consider Harris, a four-time Pro Bowler, one of the top cornerbacks on the free-agent market this off-season.

Harris originally signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas in 2011. He not only made the team out of camp but eventually worked his way into the starting lineup. He started five games as a rookie, including a playoff game against the New England Patriots. After the season, Harris was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team.

In his nine seasons with the Broncos, Harris has played in 148 games and started 128 times. Along with his four Pro Bowl appearances (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), he was also named 1st Team All-Pro in 2016 and 2nd Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015. He leaves Denver tied for 10th in franchise history with 20 interceptions, and 3rd in passes defended with 86. Harris was also a member of the 2015 Broncos’ team that won Super Bowl 50.

Harris adds versatility to the Chargers’ secondary, with the ability to play multiple positions. He has had the most success in his career as a nickel corner but has proven he can play outside as well. With Desmond King already in the slot for the Chargers, you would expect Harris to play outside in Los Angeles. Harris also brings a lot of experience in the AFC West from his nine years in Denver. That familiarity should make the transition to Los Angeles easier for him.

Harris joins a Los Angeles cornerback group that already includes Casey Hayward and Desmond King. If you add in safeties Derwin James and Nasir Adderley, it is easy to argue that the Los Angeles Chargers could be the best secondary in the NFL.

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