Seeking a new contract, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is a no-show at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program.
The Denver Broncos began their offseason program on Tuesday but one of their star defensive players did not attend.
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. did not show up at the Broncos facility and word is that he is seeking a new contract. His absence is not a major problem, as these programs are optional.
Yes, it would be beneficial for the Broncos to have him be there to get work in, but staying away is the right move for Harris Jr. It is better to get as much money as he can while he can. If he happened to get injured during these voluntary programs, he would not receive a big contract, especially if the injury is major.
Harris currently has one year left on his deal. He is due $7,800,000 in base salary for the 2019 season.
His 2019 cap hit is currently $8,766,668.
He and Denver would like to hammer out a long-term deal. As it stands now, Harris Jr. ranks 29th in the league among cornerbacks in terms of cash, with $7,900,000 in 2019.
There is no question that Harris, who is the Broncos’ top cornerback, deserves a long-term extension. He has been one of the best at his position the last couple of seasons.
Around the league, there are lesser-known cornerbacks that are making more money than Harris Jr. He has proven over the years that he is worth every penny he makes.
The Broncos lost Bradley Roby to free agency this offseason. He inked a 1-year, $9,968,750 deal with the Houston Texans. Roby is younger than Harris Jr but has not proven to be better. Roby’s deal could have an effect on what Harris Jr gets.
Harris broke his leg late last season but that should not be a factor in his pursuit of a new deal.
It was reported that the team would continue talks with Harris after the 2019 NFL draft.
If I’m the Broncos, I would get their best defensive back into the building to try and work something out.