Nigel Harris
Free agent
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-07) December 7, 1994 (age 25)
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Hillsborough (Tampa, Florida)
College:South Florida
Career history
* Los Angeles Chargers ( 2017)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:12
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Nigel Harris (born December 7, 1994) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Florida, and signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Early yearsEdit

Harris played high school football at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida and was a three-year starter. He recorded 95 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery his sophomore year in 2010, earning Second Team All-Hillsborough honors. The helped the team to a 10–3 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals in 2010. Harris recorded 89 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries his junior year in 2011, garnering Second Team All-Hillsborough recognition. He also punted 34 times and averaged 37.2 yards per punt. He helped the team to an 11–1 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals in 2011. Harris recorded 117 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 726 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns his senior season in 2012, earning Associated Press First Team 6A All-State, First Team All-Hillsborough and Honorable Mention All-Suncoast honors. He also punted 28 times and averaged 36 yards per punt. He helped the team to a 9–2 record and an appearance in the regional semifinals. Harris recorded 301 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups and 3 fumble recoveries from 2010 to 2012. The team also had a 30–6 during that span.[1]

College careerEdit

Harris played for the South Florida Bulls of the University of South Florida from 2013 to 2016. He played in all 12 games, starting 7, in 2013, recording 18 solo tackles, 17 tackle assists, 1 pass breakup and 1 forced fumble. He played in 11 games, all starts at inside linebacker, in 2014, recording 52 solo tackles, 25 tackle assists, 2 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 6 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Harris led the FBS with 0.55 forced fumbles per game while his six forced fumbles set the school single-season record. He played in 11 games, starting 10, in 2015, recording 29 solo tackles, 13 tackles assists, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.[1] In August 2016, he was named to the 2015–16 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.[2] He played the “Stinger” linebacker position in 2015. Harris played in all 13 games, all starts at "Will” linebacker, in 2016, recording 48 solo tackles, 30 tackle assists, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 pass breakup and 1 fumble recovery. He played in 47 games, starting 41, during his college career, recording 147 solo tackles, 85 tackle assists, 5.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 8 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. His eight career forced fumbles ranked second all-time in school history.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Harris was rated the 70th best outside linebacker in the 2017 NFL Draft by[3]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 220 lb 4.57 s 1.61 s 2.59 s 4.52 s 7.45 s 36 in 9 ft 6 in 15 reps

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

After going undrafted, Harris signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on May 12, 2017.[4] He played in five games, starting 1, in 2017, recording eight solo tackles and three tackle assists.[5] He was waived on October 16, 2017.[6]

New York GiantsEdit

On October 17, 2017, Harris was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants.[7] On November 7, 2017, he was placed on injured reserve with a ribs injury.[8] He was waived with an injury settlement on December 6, 2017.[9][10]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On December 13, 2017, Harris was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.[11] He was promoted to the active roster on December 20, 2017.[12]

On September 1, 2018, Harris was waived by the Buccaneers.[13]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On September 18, 2018, Harris was signed to the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad.[14] He was released on October 2, 2018.[15]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On October 9, 2018, Harris was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad.[16] He was promoted to the active roster on December 20, 2018.[17] He was waived/injured on August 19, 2019, and placed on injured reserve.[18] He was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement on August 23.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Harris' brother, Brandon, and cousin, Lindsey Lamar, both played college football at South Florida.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Nigel Harris". Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  2. "214 BULLS EARN CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC RECOGNITION". August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
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  4. "Full List of Los Angeles Chargers 2017 Transactions". Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  5. "Nigel Harris". Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. Elwood, Hayley (October 16, 2017). "Bolts Sign Linebacker Josh Keyes".
  7. Eisen, Michael (October 17, 2017). "Giants place DE Romeo Okwara on IR, claim LB Nigel Harris off waivers".
  8. Eisen, Michael (November 7, 2017). "Giants reinstate CB Janoris Jenkins; view roster moves".
  9. "Nigel Harris: Hits waivers with injury tag". December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  10. Benton, Dan (December 6, 2017). "Giants place Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve".
  11. "Bucs Sign LB Nigel Harris to the Practice Squad". December 13, 2017. Archived from the original on December 14, 2017.
  12. Smith, Scott (December 20, 2017). "Standout Rookies Among Five Bucs Headed to IR".
  13. Smith, Scott (September 1, 2018). "Robinson, Tandy Among Cuts as Bucs Get to 53".
  14. Urban, Darren (September 18, 2018). "Cardinals Release DT Garrison Smith".
  15. Urban, Darren (October 2, 2018). "Cardinals Sign Former Starter Darian Thompson For Practice Squad".
  16. Wyatt, Jim (October 9, 2018). "Titans Add LB Robert Spillane; Team Releases WR Nick Williams and QB Austin Davis".
  17. "Titans Promote LB Nigel Harris to 53-Man Roster, and Place RB David Fluellen on Injured Reserve". December 20, 2018.
  18. Alper, Josh. "Titans sign Quart’e Sapp, waive Nigel Harris". Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  19. Bouda, Nate (August 23, 2019). "Titans Waive LB Nigel Harris From IR With Settlement". Retrieved August 23, 2019.

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