The Denver Broncos have made a trade for the Pro-Bowler and Second-Team All-Pro CB in 2017, A.J. Bouye. This trade only costed the Broncos a fourth round pick. The Broncos picking up Bouye seems like a steal for what they got him for. However, what does that mean for star CB, Chris Harris Jr.?
After this trade, it almost sets in stone that the Broncos are planning to part ways with their All-Pro CB. There are several teams that are interested in Harris. There were reports that Harris spoke to 24 different teams at the NFL Combine, this past week. It appears that the Chiefs and Texans are two teams that are on the radar for Harris.
This is an excellent trade for the Broncos. They had received a replacement for Chris Harris Jr., at a low-price. Bouye had an off-season last year. Last year, according to PFF, he scored a 58.4 grade (out of 100). In 2018, Bouye, received a 75 grade, which isn’t all that great. However, in 2016 and 2017, he averaged an 87 PFF grade, which is excellent for the cornerback position. This addition could not only impact the Broncos in a positive way, but it could also end the negative slump that Bouye was having. Especially considering Vic Fangio is more of a defensive minded head coach, this will put Bouye in a great situation.
It appears that moving in the direction of getting rid of Harris is a good decision for the Broncos. It will save them a lot of money and especially with the level that Harris has been playing the last couple of seasons, it doesn’t appear re-signing him would be worth the money that he is asking for. This past season, Harris had scored a 69.9 PFF grade, which is actually quite horrible. He shined in the 2018 season, and the 2016 season, basing his play off of the grades that he was receiving from PFF.
This addition to the Broncos secondary could definitely improve their defense a lot more. Also, keeping in mind, that the Broncos signed Bryce Callahan last season to a deal. Callahan did not play a snap, as he was put on IR by the Broncos in November of 2019. Callahan and Bouye could be a great duo together, as Callahan got signed from the Bears, which is where Fangio was the defensive coordinator at the time. Callahan scored an 81 grade on PFF in 2018, which is actually very good for a CB. When Callahan gets placed off of IR, he could definitely improve the Broncos secondary. However, if the Broncos don’t sign FS, Justin Simmons to a deal, they could be in trouble.
Justin Simmons is still on a rookie contract. However, Simmons had stated that he is ready for the Broncos to place a franchise tag on him. If the Broncos do take that route, and Simmons once again proves why he’s one of the best safeties in the league, the Broncos will have no choice but to resign him to a deal.