Broncos Open Contract Negotiation with Harris

Chris Harris Jr. entered the 2014 season as the forgotten man in the Denver Broncos secondary. He has quickly worked his way into the discussion for best CB in the game and John Elway has realized this. Today they opened up contract negotiations.

On January 12th, 2014, Denver Broncos corner Chris Harris Jr. went down with a season ending ACL tear and so with him went the Denver Broncos Super Bowl hopes. When the offseason rolled along, the Broncos placed a 2nd round tender on Harris who was a restricted free agent, daring another team to sign him away to receive draft compensation. No teams bit on a talented corner coming off ACL surgery, so he signed his tender and returned to the Broncos, along with former college teammate and high priced free agent acquisition Aqib Talib.

Harris entered training camp with limited expectations from outside observers. He was supposed to miss the first 3-6 weeks of the season before returning, but that didn't happen. Harris played during week one and played a lot; seeing the field 39 snaps while sitting out 37 snaps. In the 8 games since then, he has missed a total of 36 snaps.

Harris is currently rated as the 3rd best corner in the league, and is 1st when it comes to his coverage rating according to ProFootballFocus.com.

According to the Denver Post, today the Denver Broncos opened up negotations for a contract extension to avoid allowing Harris to hit free agency. It has widely been speculated that Harris is the Broncos top free agent priority only behind Demaryius Thomas. Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson both cashed in over the offseason on rich free agent contracts. Based off of the deals they signed to go along with the deal the Broncos signed Talib to, Harris may be looking at a contract averaging anywhere from $11-14 million annually.

Khalid Alshami is the Fantasy Analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. You can find him on Twitter @LaxinBronco.

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