LA Chargers: 4 players that should not return in 2021
By Jason Reed
2. Chris Harris
This one might be a bit of a shocker and I do not blame any Charger fans for disagreeing with me on this one. However, at the end of the day, I just cannot see how the Chargers can justify paying Chris Harris how much he is owed next season when they have a potential out in his contract.
The secondary has gotten better with Harris healthy and slot corner certainly was an issue while he was hurt. However, I would not say that Harris has necessarily been lock-down at the position and the problem is his age and his health.
He has played a grand total of five games this year and it is pretty clear that he is regressing. He started the regression in Denver last season and has continued to regress with the Bolts this season.
Harris has been targeted 21 times in five games, allowing 14 receptions for 208 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and just one pass break-up. He has allowed a career-worst 130.7 passer rating against when targeted.
There have been 39 players to play at least 100 coverage snaps at slot corner. Harris has allowed the eighth-highest passer rating and the fifth-most touchdowns.
Now, to be fair to Harris, he has not been targeted all that much in terms of snaps per target but is that enough to justify paying him $11.25 million next season when they have other guys that they need to re-sign? No.
I would much rather the team take the dead cap hit, save $7.5 million and start bolstering the cornerback room with the draft.