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Report: Broncos & CB Chris Harris Discussing A Contract Extension

Mike Klis of the Denver Post, citing NFL sources, is reporting that the Broncos and CB Chris Harris have opened contract extension negotiations.

Denver has been trying to get WR Demaryius Thomas and TE Julius Thomas locked up for months now, but there has been little reported progress in recent weeks.

With these deals nowhere near completion, it makes plenty of sense for the Broncos to reach out to Harris and his agent to, at the very least, gauge his asking price before he’s prepared to test the free agent market next March.

Harris is clearly in line for a sizable raise next year given the recent contracts signed by free agents like Sam Shields, Vontae Davis and Brent Grimes, all of whom are making over $8 million annually.

Harris, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract, and although he’s one year removed from a major knee injury, he has proven to be among the best cornerbacks in the league.

In fact, Harris rates as the No. 3 cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Even more impressive, is the fact that Harris has the highest coverage rating in the league. Last year, PFF rated him as the No. 8 cornerback in the league, so his performance this season is by no means a fluke.

Over the course of eight games, Harris has recorded 27 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass defenses for the Broncos’ defense.

We have him currently listed as the No. 8 player in our Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents list.