Chris Harris Jr. gives Denver Broncos Ultimatum
With an apparent stalemate going on between the Denver Broncos and Chris Harris Jr., the Pro Bowl corner appears to be forcing Elway’s hand.
The Denver Broncos are just a couple days away from the 2019 NFL Draft. In what looks to be something similar to a Brian Drew and Sonny Weaver Jr. moment in the locker room, Chris Harris Jr. is not happy with the way his contract situation is being handled and provided an ultimatum.
According to Adam Schefter, the Pro Bowl cornerback has requested John Elway and the Broncos either give him a new contract or trade him to another team. This is likely in an attempt to get some leverage.
With that said, this will be something worth monitoring. John Elway’s pre-draft presser hinted that they were going to wait until the end of the draft to start discussing a new contract. However, it appears as if Chris Harris Jr. is not willing to wait any longer.
A part of me believes that a new deal could get done, but it all depends on the asking price. According to Mike Klis, Harris Jr. is asking for about $15 million a year.
There will be a lot on the fence that are for or against that kind of money for him. It will all depend on how the salary cap looks for the Denver Broncos.
At this time, I think it would be important for John Elway to reach out to Chris Harris Jr. Not to discuss a contract, but to hopefully help clear the air. Easier said than done, but having this occur before the draft is bad timing.
This will be something worth keeping an eye on during draft weekend. It is unsure of what will develop, but if one of the best corners in the game is requesting a trade, it is going to make the weekend that much more stressful.