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NFL free agency rumors: Eagles among teams pushing to sign Chris Harris Jr. [UPDATE]

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CHJ coming to Philly?

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UPDATE: Chris Harris Jr. is signing with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to NFL Network.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.


The Philadelphia Eagles are among NFL teams pushing to sign free agent cornerback Chris Harris Jr., according to a report from Denver7’s Troy Renck. Renck also specifically notes that the Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints are in the mix for CHJ.

CHJ has previously been linked to the Eagles. Here’s what we’ve written:

There was a time last season when former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb guaranteed the Eagles would trade for CHJ. It didn’t happen. The cornerback-needy Eagles reportedly called the Broncos about CHJ prior to the NFL trade deadline but Denver’s asking price was too high for the would-be rental.

Now the Eagles can acquire CHJ without having to give up any assets so it’s natural they’d revisit their interest in him. But is the right fit?

CHJ is definitely talented. He’s a four-time Pro Bowl selection who also once made first-team All Pro. The 5-10, 199 pound play-maker has 20 career interceptions, 86 passes defensed (that’s a lot!), six forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, and four defensive touchdowns. CHJ is durable with 96.5% of possible games played and he’s showcased versatility to play at both nickel cornerback and on the outside. He most recently ranked 35th out of 134 corners graded by Pro Football Focus in 2019. Adding him to the Eagles’ secondary should only make the unit better.

The problem is that CHJ turns 31 in June and, as Howie Roseman even stated, the Eagles need to get younger. Acquiring older veterans worked great in 2017 but hasn’t so much the past two offseasons.

CHJ is worth consideration as a stop-gap but he’s not an ideal long-term solution for the Birds.

There’s an indication that CHJ’s market isn’t as strong as he expected it to be. Perhaps he could be had for a reasonable price.

The Eagles are currently without two starting cornerbacks, assuming the team is truly intending on moving Jalen Mills to safety. Adding CHJ would fill a need but it’s a curious fit from an age and position standpoint. Where’s he going to line up?

Renck previously reported the Eagles are among teams showing interest in Broncos defensive back Will Parks. Parks is less established but could make more sense for Philly. Maybe the Eagles end up adding both players?