Harris was selected with the 176th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of East Carolina. He made an immediate impact on special teams, averaging 28.9 yards per kick return in his rookie season. Two seasons later, Harris increased his kick return average to 30.6 yards. He also scored touchdowns on punt returns in 2012 (78 yards) and 2013 (86 yards).
Harris signed a five-year, $17.5 million dollar with the Giants in 2015. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 100 yards against his former team in Week 7. Harris also set career highs in receiving yards (396) and receiving touchdowns (four). His four touchdowns in 2015 surpassed the total for his entire career (three) before joining the Giants.
In 2016, Harris’ decision making and ball security came into question and he was removed from the return team. He still finished fifth in the NFL in average yards per kick return (24.2 yards) and made seven special teams tackles. Harris scored a touchdown in his only reception of the season, a 13-yarder against the Cleveland Browns and he was named to his first Pro Bowl.
Harris restructured his contract in 2017 after the Giants signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He didn’t have a pass thrown in his direction last season. Harris suffered a foot injury in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, ending his season. It was the same game that saw Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. suffer season-ending injuries.
Harris was going to count more than $4 million against the salary cap. The team saves $2.45 million by releasing him.