Harris played nine games in the 2020 season, compiling 37 tackles, one interception, two passes defended and a half sack.
For the second time in the past three seasons, Harris failed to play a full 16-game campaign after previously missing just one game through the first seven years of his career. The 31-year-old noticeably struggled in pass coverage early in the season and never really got much better after coming off a multi-month stint on IR in Week 12. Harris, who has a $2 million roster bonus which activates on the third day of the 2021 league year, could possibly be a cap casualty with a number of key players needing, or receiving, big-money deals over the past two seasons.
The Chargers activated Harris (foot) from injured reserve Friday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Harris gained clearance to return from IR at a time when the Chargers desperately need him. The team has already ruled out Casey Hayward (groin), so Harris' role as a starting cornerback is even more important for the Chargers. Harris has a daunting task ahead, as the Bills rank fifth in the league with 278.9 passing yards per game.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that Harris (foot) could return for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Harris returned to practice last week, opening the 21-day window to be activated from IR. He'll be monitored closely during the upcoming practice week with hopes that he'll be ready to face the Bills on Sunday. His potential return will be even more important if Casey Hayward (groin) is forced to miss time.
Coach Anthony Lynn relayed Wednesday that Harris (foot) is expected to remain out Sunday against the Jets, but the team has opened the 21-day window for the cornerback to come off IR, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.
The team will want to get a closer look at Harris in practice before activating him, but it sounds like he has a real shot at returning to action in Week 12 against the Bills. Harris registered 15 tackles over the season's first three weeks but hasn't played since.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that he doesn't expect Harris (foot) to return for this Sunday's game versus the Dolphins, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Harris broke a bone in his foot in late September and was handed a 4-to-6 week timeline to return. While it's been six weeks already, Lynn isn't rushing the 31-year-old back. Michael Davis has played nearly every snap since Harris' injury, and he should maintain the starting gig opposite Casey Hayward until Harris returns from IR.
The Chargers placed Harris (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Harris has a broken bone in his foot, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. He was already expected to miss four to six weeks, so the move to IR isn't surprising, but it's just another devastating hit to a Chargers' secondary that has already lost S Derwin James (knee) for the rest of the season. Michael Davis likely will start opposite Casey Hayward moving forward, while Desmond King should see an increase in usage.
Harris is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after suffering a foot injury during Sunday's game against Carolina, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Chargers have yet to reveal the extent of the injury, but it looks as though Harris will miss at least the next three games, if not more, while on the mend. Michael Davis and Desmond King will likely be asked to step up in the meantime unless Los Angeles elects to search for secondary help in free agency.
Harris is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers due to a foot injury.
If Harris is forced to miss any amount of time, it will be a significant blow to a Los Angeles secondary that's already lost Derwin James (knee) for the season. Desmond King and Michael Davis stand to handle increased defensive snaps as long as Harris remains off the field.
Harris (leg) is healthy and working as the Chargers' primary slot corner, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Harris working in the slot allows Casey Hayward and Michael Davis to man the outside in three-wide formations. Coming off a season with 56 tackles and six pass breakups, Harris should improve the Chargers' secondary immensely since Derwin James is entering the season healthy as well.
Head coach Anthony Lynn said Harris was limited during Friday's practice due to leg soreness, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Lynn said the team is being extra careful with Harris, and it's clear his injury isn't too serious since he's still getting some work in Friday. The 31-year-old cornerback is locked into a starting role with the Chargers after signing a two-year, $19.5 million contract in March.
Harris expects to play slot cornerback for the Chargers in 2020, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
The Broncos opted to move on from Harris this offseason, and the nine-year veteran found a new home with an AFC West rival. The Chargers boast a top-tier outside CB in Casey Hayward and two other capable options in Michael Davis and Desmond King (ankle), so having Harris focus on the slot makes sense on paper. For his career, Harris has averaged 3.7 tackles per game while picking off 20 passes in 139 contests.
Harris agreed to a two-year contract with the Chargers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The four-time Pro Bowler will move on from Denver after nine seasons with the Broncos, but he'll stick within the AFC West as he continues his career. The 30-year-old, who logged 56 tackles and one pick in 2019, should bolster an already formidable secondary that includes cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Desmond King and safety Derwin James. It's unclear whether Harris will occupy a spot on the outside or in the slot, as King also has the ability to play either cornerback position.
The Broncos reported acquisition of A.J. Bouye from the Jaguars makes Harris' return to Denver a long shot, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Nothing, including the Broncos' trade for Bouye, can be set in stone at this juncture, but -- as Stevens points out -- the addition of Bouye would lead to a ton of money being tied up in him, Kareem Jackson, and Bryce Callahan. That's even before the anticipated extension/franchise tag heading Justin Simmons' way. Harris is the last remaining member of the No Fly Zone and did well locking down some WR1s last season, but he will doubtlessly command more than the two years at about $13 million per season Bouye has remaining on his contract. It seems as though general manager John Elway, looking at the likely price tag of Harris and other free agents such as Byron Jones, decided that it was worth it to give up a late fourth-round pick to snag a former Pro Bowler who is two years Harris' junior.
Harris remains open to re-signing with the Broncos, but he expects to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in March, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Harris said communication between his agent and the Broncos ceased in January, when the team parted ways with Mike Sullivan, the former director of football administration and lead contract negotiator. The Broncos don't lack for cap space, but they're reportedly prioritizing their offense and thus may be hesitant to give Harris a top-of-the-market contract. The 30-year-old cornerback also hinted at some disappointment with his 2019 role, noting that coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell almost exclusively used him outside, even in nickel formations. Harris has spent most of his career playing outside corner in the base defense and slot in the nickel, generally ranking among the league's best at both positions. A 69.9 PFF grade in 2019 was the lowest of his career, though it was still good enough to tie for 34th among 113 qualified cornerbacks.
Harris finished the 2019 season with 56 total tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and six passes defensed.
Harris failed to nab multiple interceptions for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2011, and his six passes defensed also tied a career low. As trade rumors swirled, the veteran corner often played out of position on the outside in a new zone-heavy defense thanks to a cascade of injuries to Denver's secondary that took out Bryce Callahan and De'Vante Bausby, among others. Harris got beat deep a few more times than fans are accustomed to, but he remains a reliable defender capable of following opponents' top weapons. The question will be whether, at age 31 to start the 2020 season, the Broncos will pay him like a top-flight corner. If not, and a veteran-hungry team decides to break the bank, Harris may have played his final game in orange and blue.
Harris had four total tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and two passes defended during Sunday's 16-0 win over Tennessee.
Marcus Mariota had yet to throw a pick when, near midfield and seeking to strike before halftime, he took a shot down the middle of the field and was picked by Harris for the veteran corner's first interception of the season. Harris isn't getting much action with his All-Pro status and so much inexperience opposite him in Denver's depleted secondary, but he has done well in limiting opponents' top targets this season. Next up Thursday is a test against Kansas City's high-flying attack.
Harris is embracing head coach Vic Fangio's more zone-heavy approach and the opportunity to play inside or out, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official site reports.
Fangio has said that once Harris catches up in the playbook after missing much of the offseason due to holdout, he stands to improve on his three-time-All-Pro career. Harris seemed to agree when speaking with reporters Wednesday. Though it has not yet been determined whether Harris will spend more time in the slot or outside, Harris voiced a desire to have his role change based on the opponent and his optimism that more zone coverage will allow him both to play the ball more and avoid so many "hard downs" after playing mostly man coverage in recent seasons.
Harris agreed to sign a one-year contract adjustment for 2019 worth $12.05 million with the Broncos on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Harris has been yearning for a new deal for next season or a trade, and he finally got his wish. Even though he had been asking for a reported $15 million, he's still set to receive about a $3 million raise in 2019. He will receive a total of $1.25 million in bonuses for showing up to offseason work, which could've helped his willingness to sign for less. Harris has made the Pro Bowl in four of the last five seasons, and has nabbed 19 interceptions in his illustrious career. The deal will give the 29-year-old not only a pay raise, but the opportunity to hit the open market following the 2019 season.
Harris and the Broncos are in talks for a short-term contract for the upcoming season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Harris informed the team April 23 that he'd like a new contract or to be traded, and seems to be getting his wish. He's currently set to make just under $9 million in 2019, but the talks have moved to the possibility of a new one-year contract worth around $15 million, giving Harris the chance to hit free agency in 2020. He certainly is a difference maker, nabbing 19 career interceptions, but will turn 30 next month and is coming off a leg injury that forced him to miss the final four games of last season.
Harris has informed the Broncos he wants to either get a new contract or be traded, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Harris has been distinguished with Pro Bowl honors in four of the last five seasons, including 2018. As a result, the Broncos exercised his option worth $7.9 million for the 2019 season, but that is now below market value for his services. Harris has skipped voluntary workouts, and now he has made it official that he's unhappy with his current deal. Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Harris is seeking a salary of $15 million per year. Working against Harris is that he missed the last four games last season with a leg injury and he'll be 30 years old when the upcoming season begins.
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|Sun 09/20||vs KC||L 20-23||4||4||8||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs CAR||L 16-21||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ BUF||L 17-27||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs NE||L 0-45||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs ATL||W 20-17||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 12/17||@ LV||W 30-27||4||1||5||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs DEN||W 19-16||3||3||6||0.5||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ KC||W 38-21||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0|
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