In a surprise move with only two days remaining in minicamp, the Broncos waived cornerback Taurean Nixon and signed Chris Lewis-Harris, a veteran who played last season with the Ravens after spending more than four years with the Bengals.
Lewis-Harris, 28, signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Tennessee-Chattanooga and spent nearly five years with the team. In his five NFL seasons — which included two (2014-15) with Vance Joseph as his defensive backs coach in Cincinnati — Lewis-Harris has totaled 14 tackles, one interception and two pass-breakups in 33 games.
The cornerback swap comes after an impressive offseason by Nixon, who on Tuesday intercepted Paxton Lynch and returned it for a touchdown.
Nixon was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round (No. 251) of the 2015 draft and, over the last two years, has bounced on and off the active roster and practice squad for depth and to compensate for injuries on the Broncos’ secondary. In his two NFL seasons, Nixon has played two games, both last season at Oakland and then in the Broncos’ season finale against Oakland.
Lewis-Harris will wear jersey No. 39, Nixon’s previous number.