Veteran cornerback Chris Harris said the door has been "pretty much" closed on his return to Denver.
That door could soon be opening for him with the Jets.
With the Jets clearly shopping in the cornerback market, the 30-year-old Harris has emerged as a possible option, according to an NFL source. The Jets expressed serious interest in him while at the NFL Scouting Combine, the source said, and he could be a more reasonably priced alternative if the Jets are unable to land the top corners on the market -- Byron Jones or James Bradberry.
Of course, Harris won't be cheap. He could still get more than $12 million per season. And "more than a dozen" teams have called about him, a source said, including the Jets, the Cowboys, the Lions and the Raiders.
The Giants are looking for a cornerback, too, though it's unclear if they are one of the teams that have called.
The Jets have also expressed interest in Jones and Bradberry, but there are concerns that their prices will become far too high. Many believe Jones will rest the corner market with a deal worth about $18 million per season, while Bradberry seems likely to get at least $15 million per year.
Harris, though, could be a better fit for the Jets anyway as they attempt to rebuild their cornerback corps. They will likely draft a young corner in April, and could use a veteran to help that transition. Harris also has experience as a slot corner, which will help if they are unable to re-sign veteran slot cornerback Brian Poole. Or he could play on the outside if Poole returns.
The 5-10, 199-pound Harris, a former undrafted free agent (2011), will be entering his 10th NFL season. He spent the first nine with the Broncos, making the Pro Bowl four times, most recently in 2018.