Former Denver Broncos cornerback, and 2019 Pro Football Hall of Famer Champ Bailey is in favor of the team paying Chris Harris Jr.
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr played alongside 2019 Pro Football Hall of Famer Champ Bailey from 2011-2013, so it is safe to say that greatness notices greatness in this situation.
Bailey played for the Broncos from 2004 to 2013. He was always feared by opposing quarterbacks but still managed to record Hall of Fame numbers.
Bailey, one of the greatest players in NFL history, said that Harris has been underpaid “for a while now.”
Harris turns 30 years old before the 2019 season begins. That is the age in which players normally start to decline. He is considered a top player at his position throughout the entire league, despite breaking his leg last season.
I feel that it is likely Harris still has a lot left to give in the league. He is still playing at a very high level, and should continue.
Since entering the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2011, Harris has recorded 462 tackles, 19 interceptions, an interception returned for 98 yards, four defensive touchdowns, and 83 pass breakups.
He has made it onto a number of lists, including NFL Network’s Top 100 players, and has been named to four Pro Bowls. In 2016, he was named a First-Team All-Pro. In the two years before that, he was recognized as a Second-Team All-Pro.
Harris has played with some great defensive players throughout his career. Not only was he mentored by Bailey, but he also got to play with Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins for one season.
To be able to be on the same field as a number of Hall of Fame players is tremendous. Players get to learn from the pros, and that sometimes leads to the younger guys (Harris, in this situation) becoming leaders for their team.
Harris has one year left on his current deal and is looking for a new contract. The team has said that talks for a long-term deal will continue after the 2019 NFL Draft concludes.
I strongly believe that the two sides will come to terms before the 2019 season begins. Bailey’s endorsement of Harris should certainly help his case.