Harris agreed to sign a one-year contract adjustment for 2019 worth $12.05 million with the Broncos on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Harris has been yearning for a new deal for next season or a trade, and he finally got his wish. Even though he had been asking for a reported $15 million, he's still set to receive about a $3 million raise in 2019. He will receive a total of $1.25 million in bonuses for showing up to offseason work, which could've helped his willingness to sign for less. Harris has made the Pro Bowl in four of the last five seasons, and has nabbed 19 interceptions in his illustrious career. The deal will give the 29-year-old not only a pay raise, but the opportunity to hit the open market following the 2019 season.
Harris and the Broncos are in talks for a short-term contract for the upcoming season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Harris informed the team April 23 that he'd like a new contract or to be traded, and seems to be getting his wish. He's currently set to make just under $9 million in 2019, but the talks have moved to the possibility of a new one-year contract worth around $15 million, giving Harris the chance to hit free agency in 2020. He certainly is a difference maker, nabbing 19 career interceptions, but will turn 30 next month and is coming off a leg injury that forced him to miss the final four games of last season.
Harris has informed the Broncos he wants to either get a new contract or be traded, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Harris has been distinguished with Pro Bowl honors in four of the last five seasons, including 2018. As a result, the Broncos exercised his option worth $7.9 million for the 2019 season, but that is now below market value for his services. Harris has skipped voluntary workouts, and now he has made it official that he's unhappy with his current deal. Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Harris is seeking a salary of $15 million per year. Working against Harris is that he missed the last four games last season with a leg injury and he'll be 30 years old when the upcoming season begins.
Harris isn't present Tuesday for the start of Denver's voluntary offseason program, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. It's believed Harris is sending a message of dissatisfaction with his contract, which has one season and $7.9 million remaining. There's no doubt the deal has become a huge bargain, but the Broncos may be hesitant to pay top-of-the-market money on an extension for a cornerback who will turn 30 in June. General manager John Elway said he wants to wait until after the 2019 NFL Draft to open discussions on an extension for his top cornerbacks. The recent signing of slot corner Bryce Callahan suggests Harris will spend more time lined up outside in 2019, assuming he's still with the Broncos come Week 1.
The Broncos exercised Harris' contract option for 2019 on Monday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Harris will return to Denver for his ninth straight season with the team and receive $7.9 million in 2019. The star slot cornerback and three-time Pro Bowler was on pace to set career highs in both tackles and interceptions last year prior to sustaining a broken leg Week 13.
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