Broncos CB Chris Harris expects to be looking for a new team when he hits free agency in March, as the indications he’s gotten from Denver are that the team doesn’t plan to re-sign him before then.
“I think that’s the direction right now,” Harris said via the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala. “I think everybody deserves to see what they’re worth, and I deserve it at this point. I think I worked my tail off for nine years, I gave the city every ounce of effort that I could give and, shoot, it’s time to see what everybody else thinks about me.”
Harris adds that he hasn’t had any contact with the team since they changed salary cap managers about a month ago. He didn’t completely rule out a return to Denver, however, if the Broncos come with a strong offer before free agency.
“If they want me back, then I’ll be back,” Harris said.
Harris noted that the chance to play in the slot again will be a major factor for choosing his new team if he does indeed make it to unrestricted free agency.
Despite several rounds of negotiations, Harris and the Broncos were unable to come to an agreement on an extension in 2019. Denver was reportedly shopping him for a second-round pick at the trade deadline this past season.
Harris, 30, wound up signing on with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas back in 2011. He has played all seven years of his NFL career in Denver.
Harris was entering the final year of his five-year, $42.5 million contract that included a $10 million signing bonus and was set to make a base salary of $7.8 million for the 2019 season when Denver signed him to a new, one-year, $12.05 million deal last offseason.
In 2019, Harris appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and recorded 56 total tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and six pass defenses.
We have Harris featured on our Top 50 2020 Free Agents list.