Chris Harris Jr. gets big incentives added to contract

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor /

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. has had $3 million in player and team performance incentives reportedly added to his contract in 2018…

In John Elway’s tenure as general manager of the Denver Broncos, you can count on one hand the number of times he’s given players a raise on top of their contract.

Chris Harris Jr., who was part of the Broncos’ first ever rookie class under Elway as an undrafted free agent in 2011, has been arguably the best, most versatile defensive back in the league since 2012.

And now, he is reportedly getting a raise.

Where do we even begin describing Chris Harris Jr.? He is the reason for the ‘No Fly Zone’. He is everything you want in a star player on your roster.

Not only is Harris productive on the field, he’s a champion off  of it as well.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, 2016 All Pro selection, 2015 Super Bowl Champion, and future Ring of Fame player, Harris will likely be a Bronco for life.

This move is symbolic of more than just what he’s been able to accomplish as a player. This is symbolic of the fact that John Elway and the Broncos in general believe Harris to be a cornerstone piece of the franchise, and they understand he’s wildly underpaid given the market at his position and how well he’s played.

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There’s no way, if Harris were a free agent back in March, he wouldn’t have gotten a contract worth nearly twice as much annually as what he’s making right now.

The Broncos recognize that, and they’re giving Harris a chance to make some more cash this year with attainable performance incentives, both for himself and for the team.

If the team wins, Harris’ wallet gets a little thicker.

I will never forget the uncertainty facing the Broncos at the cornerback position after so many great years from Champ Bailey. You look at other teams around the league and wonder what it’s like to not have great cornerback play when a legend like no. 24 straps up week after week.

Somehow, some way, Harris gave the Broncos an absolutely seamless transition from one star corner era to the next. Filling the shoes of Champ Bailey was not easy, but Harris was able to learn from him for three years, and play alongside him, and he has brought his own unique flair to the position.

I’m sure he’s made Bailey very proud.