Eight-year veteran NFL cornerback Chris Harris has agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. As of this posting, the exact financial details are not available to the public. Harris was publicly frustrated with his existing comment and didn’t participate in Denver’s OTA session. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Harris initially requested a new contract or a trade in the days leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Chris Harris Signs One-Year Contract
Entering the final year of his deal, Chris Harris stayed away from Denver’s voluntary off-season training program while general manager John Elway wanted to negotiate a contract after the 2019 NFL Draft. Elway stayed true to his word, as both sides have agreed to a new deal.
Harris started in all 12 games in which he appeared last season. During his time on the field, Harris recorded three interceptions, 10 passes defended, one sack, and 49 tackles. The longtime Bronco earned his fourth-career Pro Bowl selection for his superb play.
Harris, a Kansas product, initially entered the league as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite his undrafted status, Harris overcame the odds and started the 2011 season on the Opening Day roster. Initially buried on the depth chart, Harris appeared in all 16 games and even earned four starts at the end of the season. In total, Harris recorded one interception, 75 tackles, and six passes defended during his rookie season.
Over the next two seasons, Harris appeared in 31 of a possible 32 games, making 21 starts. Over the course of that time, Harris recorded six interceptions, 23 passes defended, and 111 tackles. He turned his play up to the next level in 2014, establishing himself as one of the elite slot cornerbacks in the NFL. From 2014 to 2018, Harris recorded 12 interceptions, 51 passes defended, two sacks, and 232 tackles. He earned Pro Bowl honors in four of those five seasons and even won First-Team All-Pro honors for his elite play in 2016. During that impressive season, Harris recorded two interceptions, 11 passes defended, one forced fumble, and 63 tackles.