This is interesting because as I am writing this, Harris is a free agent again despite having a great season for the Denver Broncos.
While Denver may not be interested in re-signing him since they traded for Jurrell Casey, that doesn’t explain why others are hesitant to do so after his historic season.
Now you may be asking why a defensive tackle with 6 sacks and 8 TFLs had a “historic” season. Thinking that sure, those numbers are good but they aren’t anything rare.
Well, aside from checking boxes getting after the quarterback and getting into the backfield, Harris also managed to have 9(!) swats.
Every now and then an EDGE gets close to that number because they have better access to knock down bootleg passes and screens, but to hit that number as a defensive tackle is very impressive.
In fact, over the last 10 years the list of DTs to hit or top that number is reserved for Harris, Kevin Williams and Johny Jolly.
To get a guy who has so many negative plays AND is able to realize when it is time to get his hands up and block a pass, and to get him on such a cheap deal is a great move.