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. 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.
Harris will return to Denver for his ninth straight season with the team, and receive $7.9 million for the 2019 season. The star slot cornerback and three-time Pro Bowler was on pace to set career highs in both tackles and interceptions in 2018 prior to sustaining a broken leg in Week 13.
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 in 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.
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.
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