Denver Broncos: Chris Harris Jr. new contract could come today
The Denver Broncos are reportedly closing in on a one-year renewed contract with cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who wants to be the highest paid CB in the NFL
Chris Harris Jr. wants to be paid like he’s one of the best (if not the best) cornerbacks in the NFL. That’s not an unreasonable request given the fact that, well, he is.
The Denver Broncos seem reticent to oblige Harris’ contract demands, which has led to an unofficial ‘holdout’ of voluntary OTAs as the Broncos break in a new coaching staff and install a new defense.
Harris hasn’t seemed too worried he’ll end up anywhere but Denver lately, even stating on Twitter recently that he is going to ‘kill in zone’ which implies he will be back in Denver in Fangio’s primarily zone defense.
As the Broncos approach their latest OTA, Harris is apparently making a scheduled trip back to the Mile High City. Coincidental timing? Or are the Broncos and Harris closing in on a deal?
I’d say those two tweets just about sum it up as much as we need.
Harris and the Broncos are ‘extremely close’ to a new one-year deal, or in other words, they are extremely close to adding a ton of money to his current 2019 salary, and it’s likely to be all guaranteed cash.
We’ve talked ad nauseam about how we feel about this deal. Personally, I hate the thought of Harris not being a member of the Denver Broncos, so I suppose I should be grateful that it’s not happening this year.
At the same time, it’s hard not to be frustrated by the fact that Harris is seemingly getting a raise just to come back for one season, putting the Broncos in a really weird position.
The team could franchise tag him after this year, or try to work out a long-term deal later, but this is really an unprecedented move for John Elway and the Broncos’ front office.
If any player is deserving of a rare contract resolution like this one, it’s Harris, who has consistently been one of the best defensive players on the team since 2011.
The Broncos obviously want to have Harris for as much of the offseason as possible, so getting a deal done sooner than later is a wise move on their part. We’ll see if the financial investment pays off.