Houston Texans: Courting Chris Harris should remain a top priority

Free agent cornerback Chris Harris, a guy the Houston Texans should target (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Free agent cornerback Chris Harris, a guy the Houston Texans should target (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans need to beef up their secondary and a great start would be to continue to court Chris Harris to sign him to a contract. Why?

The Houston Texans are expected to be quite competitive next season with all of the talent that they have although their chances of getting to a Super Bowl still remain up in the air, despite back-to-back double-digit win seasons.

But changes in personnel have been made with Bill O’Brien giving himself the title of general manager and giving his right-hand man Jack Easterby the title of executive vice president of football operations.

He’s also named Anthony Weaver as the new defensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel goes back to being an associate head coach, a title that he held just two seasons ago when Mike Vrabel was elevated to defensive coordinator before taking the HC job with the Tennessee Titans.  Crennel will be in the booth this season instead of on the sidelines and will still provide valuable consulting advice to the defensive staff.

I’m positive that the Houston Texans want to improve the secondary quite quickly next season — especially with the likely imminent departure of Johnathan Joseph — and I’m sure Chris Harris Jr. is at the top of their shopping list in free agency.

We’ve criticized the Houston Texans for not doing enough in the free agency market but with the new regime with O’Brien at the top, it’s quite possible they may get their man.

The team has wanted Harris since the trade deadline in October of last year and I doubt those feelings have changed, despite the draft being just a few months away.  With the talent that they

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have right now, a guy like Harris would make an immediate impact on the team and that’s why they should keep him on their crosshairs until they poach him from free agency.

Harris, 30, who’s going into his 10th season of service in the NFL, is the kind of veteran presence that you need in the locker room and although his numbers have taken a dip, the four-time Pro Bowler, one-time All-Pro and Super Bowl Champion is still quite good at his job and there will be continuity if he were to join this team.

Harris is also a durable corner — having averaged 861.4 snaps per season and was present in 99 percent of the Denver Broncos’ snaps this past season with 1,047 of those this credit.

I think a three-year, $30 million deal with $18.5 million guaranteed would be a fair offer considering Harris’ experience.  Whether or not if that’s something he wants to agree to remains to be seen.

We’ll see about that…hang onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen!

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Harris accumulated 56 tackles — 44 solos — along with one interception with six passes defensed, one tackle-for-loss and one forced fumble through all 16 starts last season.