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Chris Harris Jr. says key to stopping Patrick Mahomes is Chargers’ defensive line

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Fox Sports hosted Harris for an interview on Tuesday.

All-decade cornerback Chris Harris Jr. became a free agent this offseason for the first time in his career after nine seasons with the Denver Broncos.

When the Broncos decided to trade for A.J. Bouye, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu began recruiting Harris, who showed some initial interest in teaming up with Mathieu in Kansas City.

We know now that for whatever reason — most likely interest and cap space — Harris joining the Chiefs never happened. However, he did opt to stay in the AFC West, instead signing with the Los Angeles Chargers on a two-year contract worth $20.25 million. That was probably too rich for the Chiefs to consider.

By staying in the AFC West, Harris kept a familiar division rival in Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. He was recently asked about whether the Chargers have enough defensive firepower to combat Mahomes on Fox Sports’ “Speak for Yourself.”

“I think so,” said Harris. “Man, you could never have enough DBs. And in order to stop a great quarterback, you’ve got to have good pass rush, and I think with our D-line that we got with (Joey) Bosa, (Melvin) Ingram, Linval Joseph — that we just added — and all the other pieces that they got.

“You’ve got to have a D-line, and as long as we’re coordinated as a secondary, we’re definitely going to try to make it hard for him.”

Try as they may, Mahomes currently boasts a 3-1 record against the Chargers in his career. The trio of Harris, Casey Hayward and Derwin James will look to turn that around this fall.