Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that had CB Chris Harris not suffered an ACL injury last year, he would most likely have received a one-year restricted tender of around $3.023 million next season.
Now, however, Klis believes there is a “stronger possibility” that the Broncos to tender Harris at the second-round level, which will run them close to $2.124 million in 2014.
The Broncos would be taking a huge risk by tendering him at the original level as other teams would not be required to part with draft compensation to sign him.
Harris, 24, got some good news when it was revealed that he had only suffered a partial tear of his ACL during his recent operation. He totaled 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defended for the Broncos over the course of 16 games.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 cornerback in the league, so he could be in line for a sizable contract depending on how he recovers and performs next season.