Awaiting a new contract, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is expecting big things from himself during the 2019 season.
The Denver Broncos started their offseason program without cornerback Chris Harris. Harris is staying away from the voluntary program because he wants his contract reworked. He currently has one year left on his deal.
Harris is in Dallas working out with his trainer but has broken his chimed in on his status regarding his contract situation.
"“I’m ready. This is easily going to be my best year this year. These next three years, I’m about to go crazy. If they want me to be here, I’ll go crazy these next three years, I’ll guarantee it.’’via Mike Klis article (9News)"
From this, it sounds like there is no way he shows up unless it is with a new deal. The Broncos have stated that they are going to re-open contract negotiations with Harris after the 2019 NFL Draft, which is just ten days away.
The Broncos top cornerback, Harris has been great. Teams are afraid to throw passes his direction. He has 80 career passes defended, and nineteen career interceptions. He has recorded three interceptions four separate seasons.
There is no doubt in my mind that 2019 could be his best season yet. In 2018, Vic Fangio’s Chicago Bears defense recorded 27 interceptions. Thirteen of those turnovers came from two players. Kyle Fuller led the Bears with seven picks. If his focus is there, Harris could have the same success.
Harris definitely has a number of good years left in the tank. He turns 30-years old this year, which could give him maybe five more in the league. Of course, that is just a guess, and things can change.
Whether or not he is doing himself a favor is debatable. There are two sides to it. The obvious one is that he wants to stay away to avoid getting injured again (he suffered a broken leg last season). The other side is that he is missing some time with the team that he can definitely benefit from. It is important to be around the team, especially if the team has a new coach, like the Broncos.
We’ll see if his absence makes a difference in how he performs in 2019. He might look rusty, but he might just look even better with the rest.