New York Giants: Top five free-agent cornerback targets

James Bradberry, Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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4. Chris Harris, Denver Broncos, 31

Chris Harris was one of the premier cornerbacks in the game two or three years ago. He was certainly paid accordingly and he earned it. Cover corners are at a premium in the NFL. In his nine-year career, Harris has been a four-time Pro Bowl selection, an All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champion.

He may not be the player he was a few years ago, but 90% of peak Chris Harris is better than most. At this point in his career, it’s unlikely he goes to the New York Giants rather than a contender. Then again if Gettleman can come to a financial agreement, Harris would be a good mentor for Baker, Corey Ballentine, and Sam Beal.

3. Ronald Darby, Philadelphia Eagles, 26

A great athlete, Ronald Darby can cover man-on-man. He has decent size at 5-11, 195 pounds, and doesn’t shy from contact. Darby can stick to his man by utilizing his speed. He reads the quarterback well and has top-shelf ball skills. Throw in a good run-stopping ability and you have a complete corner.

With all these great abilities, why is Darby only third on this list, considering he is only 26-years-old? Injuries derailed his 2019 season. When he did take the field last year, Darby was beaten badly. It was a shame his hip betrayed him because Darby can play. He’s an ideal candidate for a one-year prove-it contract with lots of incentives.