Report: Broncos’ Chris Harris planning to skip Denver OTAs
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. has previously stated that he wants a new contract, and if the team doesn’t want to give it to him, he wants a trade. He has gotten neither thus far, which is why Harris is not going to show up.
Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, Harris will not report Monday for the start of organized team activities as his contract dispute continues.
The 29-year-old has spent his entire eight-year career with the Broncos. Despite going undrafted, he’s gone on to become a four-time Pro Bowler and a one-time First-Team All-Pro back in 2016.
Harris played 12 games last season, registering three interceptions, one sack, 10 passes defended and 49 combined tackles. His season came to a premature end after e broke his leg in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harris is one of the few remaining members of the Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl-winning team. He, Von Miller, and Derek Wolfe were integral parts of the defense which helped carry Denver all the way to the title.
It remains to be seen whether GM John Elway and the team will cave to Harris’ demands. The Broncos might be a bit reluctant to hand such a big contract to cornerback about to hit 30 years old.
But based on his recent production, Harris has shown he can still play at a high level. And given the lack of proven and experienced cornerbacks on the Broncos’ roster, Harris might need to play a crucial part on defense for Denver this season. That is, if he’s still on the team.