Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) tackles San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
According to a report from Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. are negotiating a new contract. Harris is in the final year of his deal, making just over $2 million this season. It’s been a long road for the star cornerback, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent in John Elway’s first draft with the team (2011), and hasn’t looked back ever since.
After establishing himself as the best nickel cornerback in the NFL, Harris Jr. moved into the starting lineup permanently and has been arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. In fact, if you ask him, there is no argument — he’s the best the NFL has right now.
His comments may or may not have had anything to do with his contract situation, but Harris Jr. believes he is the best, most versatile corner in the league right now, and you’d be hard pressed to argue with him about it.
Champ Bailey, who retired from football this year, commended Harris on the way he picked up on Bailey’s teaching, and how he’s using it week in and week out.
One of the hardest workers on the team, the Broncos need to make re-signing Harris a priority, and they are. For those who don’t trust the team can afford all of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Harris Jr., just quick name the three players they’ve had long-term negotiations with among their impending free agents.
The Broncos obviously believe they can not only re-sign Harris Jr., but that he can be part of a big trio 0f re-signed players this offseason.
Let’s hope that’s the case. Harris Jr. is a poster child for reaching your goals in the NFL, working hard in camp and earning a roster spot, earning a starting spot, and getting a big contract after performing great.
And oh by the way, he is doing this coming off of ACL surgery in last year’s playoffs. Cut this man a check.