With NFL free agency drawing closer, many are asking the question in regards to the Indianapolis Colt’s and their free agency plan.
Will they be more aggressive than they were last year?
The Colts have needs to address on their defense and the question is how GM Chris Ballard will choose to address them.
The Colts defense had their moments last year, but were a model of inconsistency.
They had a great performance against the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the 2019 season beating them 19-13.
However, especially later in the season, the secondary became an issue of concern.
In their final 4 games, the Colt’s defense allowed an average of 37 points per game and opposing quarterbacks had their way with them.
This included big performances from Jameis Winston, Drew Brees, and Gardner Minshew.
The Colts could use an upgrade at the 2nd and 3rd cornerback positions.
One option that will be available to them in free agency is Denver Broncos corner Chris Harris Jr.
Free Agent Profile: Chris Harris Jr. (CB)
Age: 30 H: 5′-10″ W: 199 Spd: 4.48
Exp: 9 Years – Undrafted FA 2011
139 Games, 518 Tackles (Combined), 4.5 Sacks,
20 Int., 6 FF, Pass Def: 90
A strong veteran presence, who may have lost a step, but could be attainable pic.twitter.com/zkastwkqeQ
— Offseason Champions (@HTTRChamps) January 22, 2020
Harris Jr. has been a consistent and top cornerback since he entered the league is 2011 as an undrafted free agent.
Harris Jr. has also never allowed a passer rating over 90 in his coverage and is physical at the catch point.
He is known as being very physical at the line and has excellent quickness.
There also was a 2-year stretch where Harris Jr. did not allow a touchdown while he was in coverage.
Pro Football Focus had him ranked 3rd in passer rating allowed in the 2018 NFL season.
In today’s NFL, he also could offer the Colt’s more versatility in their pass coverage of 11 personnel where 3 cornerbacks are used.
According to spotrac.com, Harris Jr. would probably cost around 11 million per season.
Harris Jr. could be worth the price of his experience, leadership, and stability that he could provide to the Colt’s secondary.
With the Colt’s having plenty of cap space available this offseason, he also wouldn’t put a strain on their cap hit while adding a quality veteran.NEXT: Darius Leonard Could See Expanded Role In 2020