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.