Report: Broncos shopped Chris Harris Jr. ‘aggressively’
According to Albert Breer, the Denver Broncos shopped star CB Chris Harris Jr. ‘aggressively’ on Thursday, and could deal him by Saturday.
The Denver Broncos and star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. are at a contract impasse.
Harris wants a new deal or a new team, and the Broncos want to talk with him after the 2019 NFL Draft.
The dispute between the two parties has gotten ugly and very public, leading to a number of trade rumors. The Broncos have, in fact, had talks with teams centered around Harris, but nothing has materialized to this point.
According to Mike Klis, some trade rumors have been vastly overblown.
The Broncos cannot take anything less than a third-round pick for Harris in a trade. If he plays out his contract and hits free agency in 2020, the Broncos would almost undoubtedly get a third-round compensatory pick in 2021.
They would be willing to let Harris play out his contract this year. Harris would not likely turn down $8 million, but you never know.
Denver has all the leverage here. Harris has a year left on his contract, there are a number of teams competing to trade for him, and they have no reason to just give him away. Harris can help them win games.
If some team wants to give the Broncos a second-round pick — a fair price for an All-Pro corner willing to sign an extension — the Broncos should do that deal as much as it would hurt from a sentimental perspective.
According to Albert Breer, the Broncos were ‘aggressively’ shopping Harris in a trade on Thursday:
"“The Broncos shopped CB Chris Harris aggressively Thursday, and a trade could happen today or tomorrow. The team picked TE Noah Fant with the No. 20 pick on Thursday night, and Denver’s picking 41st on Friday. If they can build a surplus of picks with a Harris trade, that might build in the luxury to take a quarterback in Round 2.”Albert Breer"
John Elway has stated in the past that he wants players who want to be Denver Broncos. It’s not that Harris doesn’t want to be a Bronco, it’s that he wants a new contract when he wants it. There’s nothing wrong with that.
If the Broncos aren’t planning to give Harris a new deal before the start of the season — and Elway mentioned nothing is imminent — then why would the Broncos not trade him?
If something doesn’t happen by Friday, I would almost be willing to bet the Broncos keep Harris and try to iron something out. The Broncos cannot take less than a day two pick.