ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have signed six-year veteran cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris and waived cornerback Taurean Nixon 24 hours after his pick-6 of Paxton Lynch at the team’s mandatory minicamp.
Lewis-Harris spent four full seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before splitting last season between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.
“I had him in Cincinnati,” said Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who was Lewis-Harris’ position coach with the Bengals. “He was my fourth or fifth corner my two years there. He’s a smart player and he’s an experienced player. He’s played nickel and he’s played as an outside corner also.”
Joseph said the Broncos had a void of experience at backup cornerback following the departure of Kayvon Webster in free agency. Lewis-Harris has played in 33 career NFL games, plus three playoff games whereas Nixon played in just two games last season.
“We wanted to add a guy with experience to the secondary room,” Joseph said. “Losing Webster in free agency is a big deal. That fourth or fifth corner is one play from playing. So, we wanted to add a guy to the roster that’s played an NFL game. If something would happen, we’d feel OK about it.”