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March 31, 2020 07:08 PM
Chargers' Chris Harris: Playing slot in 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris expects to play slot cornerback for the Chargers in 2020, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

The Broncos opted to move on from Harris this offseason, and the nine-year veteran found a new home with an AFC West rival. The Chargers boast a top-tier outside CB in Casey Hayward and two other capable options in Michael Davis and Desmond King (ankle), so having Harris focus on the slot makes sense on paper. For his career, Harris has averaged 3.7 tackles per game while picking off 20 passes in 139 contests.

March 18, 2020 07:20 PM
Chargers' Chris Harris: Joins Bolts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris agreed to a two-year contract with the Chargers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The four-time Pro Bowler will move on from Denver after nine seasons with the Broncos, but he'll stick within the AFC West as he continues his career. The 30-year-old, who logged 56 tackles and one pick in 2019, should bolster an already formidable secondary that includes cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Desmond King and safety Derwin James. It's unclear whether Harris will occupy a spot on the outside or in the slot, as King also has the ability to play either cornerback position.

March 8, 2020 12:04 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Less likely to return to Mile High
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos reported acquisition of A.J. Bouye from the Jaguars makes Harris' return to Denver a long shot, Zac Stevens of reports.

Nothing, including the Broncos' trade for Bouye, can be set in stone at this juncture, but -- as Stevens points out -- the addition of Bouye would lead to a ton of money being tied up in him, Kareem Jackson, and Bryce Callahan. That's even before the anticipated extension/franchise tag heading Justin Simmons' way. Harris is the last remaining member of the No Fly Zone and did well locking down some WR1s last season, but he will doubtlessly command more than the two years at about $13 million per season Bouye has remaining on his contract. It seems as though general manager John Elway, looking at the likely price tag of Harris and other free agents such as Byron Jones, decided that it was worth it to give up a late fourth-round pick to snag a former Pro Bowler who is two years Harris' junior.

February 18, 2020 02:32 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Likely testing free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris remains open to re-signing with the Broncos, but he expects to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in March, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Harris said communication between his agent and the Broncos ceased in January, when the team parted ways with Mike Sullivan, the former director of football administration and lead contract negotiator. The Broncos don't lack for cap space, but they're reportedly prioritizing their offense and thus may be hesitant to give Harris a top-of-the-market contract. The 30-year-old cornerback also hinted at some disappointment with his 2019 role, noting that coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell almost exclusively used him outside, even in nickel formations. Harris has spent most of his career playing outside corner in the base defense and slot in the nickel, generally ranking among the league's best at both positions. A 69.9 PFF grade in 2019 was the lowest of his career, though it was still good enough to tie for 34th among 113 qualified cornerbacks.

January 26, 2020 11:28 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Wraps up 2019 with 56 tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris finished the 2019 season with 56 total tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and six passes defensed.

Harris failed to nab multiple interceptions for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2011, and his six passes defensed also tied a career low. As trade rumors swirled, the veteran corner often played out of position on the outside in a new zone-heavy defense thanks to a cascade of injuries to Denver's secondary that took out Bryce Callahan and De'Vante Bausby, among others. Harris got beat deep a few more times than fans are accustomed to, but he remains a reliable defender capable of following opponents' top weapons. The question will be whether, at age 31 to start the 2020 season, the Broncos will pay him like a top-flight corner. If not, and a veteran-hungry team decides to break the bank, Harris may have played his final game in orange and blue.

October 16, 2019 12:56 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Picks off Mariota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris had four total tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and two passes defended during Sunday's 16-0 win over Tennessee.

Marcus Mariota had yet to throw a pick when, near midfield and seeking to strike before halftime, he took a shot down the middle of the field and was picked by Harris for the veteran corner's first interception of the season. Harris isn't getting much action with his All-Pro status and so much inexperience opposite him in Denver's depleted secondary, but he has done well in limiting opponents' top targets this season. Next up Thursday is a test against Kansas City's high-flying attack.

July 18, 2019 12:20 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Looks forward to new role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris is embracing head coach Vic Fangio's more zone-heavy approach and the opportunity to play inside or out, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official site reports.

Fangio has said that once Harris catches up in the playbook after missing much of the offseason due to holdout, he stands to improve on his three-time-All-Pro career. Harris seemed to agree when speaking with reporters Wednesday. Though it has not yet been determined whether Harris will spend more time in the slot or outside, Harris voiced a desire to have his role change based on the opponent and his optimism that more zone coverage will allow him both to play the ball more and avoid so many "hard downs" after playing mostly man coverage in recent seasons.

May 29, 2019 01:56 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Inks coveted new deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 20, 2019 08:40 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Still in contract talks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 23, 2019 11:04 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Wants new deal or trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 2, 2019 10:28 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Skipping voluntary work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 12, 2019 12:52 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Remaining in Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 18, 2019 01:48 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Doesn't disappoint in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris produced 49 tackles, one sack and 10 pass breakups -- including three interceptions with one touchdown -- over 12 games in 2018.

It was a disappointing year for the Broncos defense, but Harris remained a star before a broken leg ended his season Week 13. In fact, the three-time Pro Bowler was on pace to set career highs in both tackles and interceptions prior to going down. The 29-year-old was medically cleared before the season ended and shouldn't be limited in any way during the team's first offseason under new head coach Vic Fangio, who coordinated the league's top scoring defense with Chicago in 2018.

January 1, 2019 03:04 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Medically cleared
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (lower leg) was medically cleared Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Harris has now been officially cleared after sustaining a broken leg during a Dec. 2 win over the Bengals. The star slot cornerback's quick recovery would have allowed him to return to the field if Denver had managed to secure a playoff berth. However, with the Broncos' 2018 season over, Harris will instead begin preparations for offseason workouts.

December 22, 2018 09:48 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Back to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (lower leg) said Friday that he's back to 100 percent health and has recovered from his broken leg, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Harris indicated that his leg is pain-free, and that he's fully recovered from the fracture sustained during a Dec. 2 win over the Bengals. Had the Broncos secured a playoff spot, the star slot cornerback would likely have recovered in time to retake the field. However, Harris will instead target a 2019 return. It does not appear that the 29-year-old's recovery will impact his availability for offseason workouts.

December 19, 2018 04:16 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (lower leg) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Harris was initially targeting a Week 17 return after suffering a broken leg during a Dec. 2 win over the Bengals, but his limited progress since that time prompted the Broncos to shut him down for good. The star slot cornerback will now turn his attention toward getting healthy for the 2019 season.

December 17, 2018 10:04 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Not expected to return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (leg) is unlikely to return this season, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Harris was hoping to play in Week 17, but the team has no need to rush him back after being eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Browns on Sunday. He'll look to return at full strength for the 2019 season.

December 3, 2018 08:52 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Aiming for Week 17 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (leg) is targeting a Week 17 return, Zac Stevens of reports.

Harris has already admitted to feeling better, but a final return date will likely come at the discretion of team doctors rather than the 29-year-old vet. Should Denver squeak into the playoffs, Harris' availability could loom large. Right now, it seems as though a Week 17 return is a tad optimistic, but a true indication of his potential return isn't likely for another week or so.

December 3, 2018 11:28 AM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Could return for playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (leg) hopes to return in January if the Broncos qualify for the playoffs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Broncos' top cornerback is expected to miss multiple games after suffering a hairline fracture of his fibula during Sunday's 24-10 win over Cincinnati, but the plan is to keep him on the 53-man roster unless the team falls out of playoff contention. The Broncos will need Isaac Yiadom and/or Brendan Langley to step into expanded roles, potentially including slot work. Harris is well established as the league's best slot corner, one who also plays at a high level when he moves outside for base packages. This is a huge loss for the Denver defense.

December 2, 2018 04:48 PM
Broncos' Chris Harris: Not expected to need surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harris (lower leg) said that he won't undergo surgery after suffering a fractured fibula during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Coach Vance Joseph said Sunday that he's unsure whether Harris' injury will require surgery, according to Nicki Jhabvala. It appears that Harris has a legitimate shot of avoiding injured reserve if the Broncos are able to make a playoff push and extend their season.

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