Harris spoke with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara this morning by videoconference. The initial interviews with candidates are being conducted remotely.
A 14-year member of the Arizona Cardinals' scouting department, Harris was promoted to vice president of player personnel last February. In that role, Harris works with general manager Steve Keim, managing both the college and pro personnel departments. His duties include evaluating the top college prospects nationally as well as the organization and implementation of the draft process. He oversees the pro personnel department, which includes player acquisition, evaluation and assisting with player contract negotiations.
Harris was Arizona's director of player personnel in 2019-20 after working as the team's director of pro scouting from 2013-18.
Harris began his scouting career after finishing his NFL playing career with the Denver Broncos in 2007. He joined the Cardinals in 2008 as a pro scout and was elevated to assistant pro personnel director in 2010.
Harris was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 out of Syracuse and appeared in 54 games with six starts in four seasons. He led the Cardinals in special teams tackles with 19 in 2004 and 24 the following year. Harris joined the Giants as a free agent in 2006 but was waived at the end of training camp. He later signed with the Broncos, for whom he played his final six games. Harris finished his NFL career with 50 tackles (42 solo), one sack, one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 58 special teams tackles.
Harris was a four-year starter at free safety for Syracuse, where he finished his Orange career with 327 tackles (183 solo), four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions in 42 career games. He earned a bachelor's degree in information studies in 2001. Harris was an honorable mention All-America selection at Wyoming Seminary Upper School in Kingston, Pa.
He and his wife Tara have a daughter, Aliyah, and two sons, Amani and Elijah.