The offseason is the time for a franchise to improve their teams as much as possible. Should the Dallas Cowboys pursue free agent Chris Harris Jr.?
It is amongst the busiest times of the year for NFL general managers. They are bouncing around between looking at draft prospects, trade targets/baits, and free agents. The Dallas Cowboys are no exception.
Harris in a Nutshell
The four-time Pro Bowler has been looked at as one of the better cornerbacks in the league since his breakout 2016 campaign. The duo of Harris and Aqib Talib formed a great cornerback group with the Denver Broncos that would punish opposing quarterbacks.
Harris has had his fair share of success during his nine-year career. This was highlighted by his All-Pro 2016 season. That season he had two interceptions, forced one fumble and had 63 tackles while also defending 11 passes.
He has been recognized around the league as someone who plays a huge role in a good Broncos defense. While last year was a down year for him, it was also a down year for the team.
Harris only managed to intercept one ball, forcing one fumble, and make 56 tackles while defending only six passes. Part of that could be his targets dropping to 73 while being targeted 71 times the season prior but in 12 games.
At the age of 30 now, Harris won’t be getting any younger. While that’s not an old age it will be important to monitor him. It’s hard to predict how long players will be effective for as they age, and Harris is no exception.
He would probably want a contract similar in value to the one that just ended, which was just over $12 million per season. If he were to get paid the same as his previous contract, he would rank 17th amongst defensive backs for average salary.
If the Dallas Cowboys don’t give him that money, another team will. Harris is too good to remain a free agent for longer than a couple of weeks.