Chris Harris Jr. can improve Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback situation
By Jim Koch
The four-time Pro Bowler possesses the skills and experience that the Arizona Cardinals can use at the cornerback position.
Now that the extension for quarterback Kyler Murray is out of the way, the Arizona Cardinals should now turn their attention to improving the roster.
Take a long, hard look at the Cards current depth chart, and you’ll likely realize that the club could use some help at cornerback. With that in mind, there’s a talented cover guy still lurking on the free-agent market who’d be a solid addition to Vance Joseph’s defensive unit.
With the regular-season opener now less than seven weeks away, the well-respected Chris Harris Jr. is still looking for work. When asked about his status this past week, the 33-year-old corner disclosed that “about five teams” have shown interest in acquiring his services.
“We’re definitely heating up. I’m just taking my time and waiting to see the best fit for me. Definitely looking for a contender”.
Chris Harris Jr. would be a fine addition to the Arizona Cardinals defensive unit.
Based on need alone, it would not be outlandish to think that the Cardinals could be one of the five franchises that are pursuing the talented defensive back. The one-year, “prove-it” type of contract that general manager Steve Keim has had success with in the past could come into play once again with a veteran like Harris Jr.
At the moment, Byron Murphy Jr., Marco Wilson, Josh Jackson, and Antonio Hamilton are Arizona’s top four cornerbacks. But add an experienced player like Harris Jr. to the mix, and the group suddenly looks a bit more respectable.
Harris Jr. entered the league back in 2011 after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos. During his nine-year stint in the “Mile High City,” the 5 foot 10, 200 pounder received an impressive four Pro Bowl invitations.
In March of 2020, Harris Jr. inked a two-year, $20 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Over the past two campaigns, the former University of Kansas product totaled 74 tackles, two interceptions, and eight passes defensed in 23 appearances (20 starts) for the Chargers.
With the 2020 NFL season rapidly approaching, a couple of “Keim time” acquisitions would serve the Redbirds well. Coming to an agreement with an appealing cover guy like Harris Jr. would be a great way to get that ball rolling.