Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and cornerback Chris Harris (25) before the game against the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos Tender CB Chris Harris, S Duke Ihenacho, Others


As was first reported by Tom Pelissero on Twitter, the Denver Broncos have tendered restricted free agent cornerback Chris Harris at the second round level, roughly $2.2 million for this season, meaning he will be a free agent but the Broncos can match any offer and if they choose not to, they will get a second round pick in return.

Coming off an ACL injury, it’s likely Harris will be back with the Broncos at that price, and will be a free agent in 2015 barring a long term deal getting done before then.

Also tendered by the Broncos were safety Duke Ihenacho, who started for them this year as a former undrafted free agent out of San Jose State, defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, linebacker Brandon Marshall (no relation to the former Broncos receiver), and cornerback Tony Carter.

These are the first moves the Broncos have made in an attempt to keep players on their roster so far before free agency, with the negotiating period starting between teams and agents at noon EST on Saturday. Free agents can visit teams on Tuesday.

The Broncos, as expected, will not tender return specialist Trindon Holliday, who will become a free agent.

Tags: Brandon Marshall Chris Harris Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho Featured Mitch Unrein Popular Roster Moves Tony Carter

  • Matthew Heuser

    Why carter?!? Let him go!

    • anon76returns

      Insurance. No way he’ll be a first option, but with Champ gone, DRC unrestricted, and Harris now restricted, Kayvon is the only contracted CB on the team that anyone would feel comfortable starting. If Carter can up his play, he’ll be worth the tender – if he can’t, he’ll lose his roster spot to whoever the Broncos bring into camp Still, it would be crazy to only have one CB on the roster at this point- that’s a recipe for having to overspend in FA or over-reach in the draft.

      • Matthew Heuser

        Carter shouldn’t even be considered after the shitty season he just had. I yelled his name more than anyone. Hands down worst DB on the roster.