CB Chris Harris gets 1-year, $12.05M deal from Broncos

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  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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Just one year remained on the contract of cornerback Chris Harris, Jr.

That hasn't changed, but the Broncos gave the Pro Bowler a sizable raise for that final year.

Harris and the Broncos have reached an agreement to adjust his salary for 2019, paying him $12.05 million, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday evening.

Mike Klis of 9News first reported the news. The team later confirmed the news, announcing it as a new one-year contract.

"We have a lot of respect for Chris as a player and for everything he's meant to our organization," Denver general manager John Elway said in a team statement. "This contract adjustment recognizes his value to our team and the high expectations we have for Chris as a Bronco this season and hopefully for years to come."

Harris and the Broncos were far apart as it related to a long-term deal, Palmer reported.

Previously, the four-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro selection, who turns 30 on June 18, reportedly requested a new contract or a trade.

His average salary of $8.5 million ranked him 26th among active cornerbacks and Harris was seeking a deal in the $15 million range that would put him in line with top-paid corners Xavien Howard of the Dolphins and Josh Norman of the Redskins.

On the field, Harris touted a 66.4 passer rating allowed when targeted in 2018, which was fourth-best. He posted 49 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes defensed last season, which was only 12 games for him.

With the raise, Harris gets more money and still has the option of testing the market as a free agent for the first time in his career when the 2019 season comes to its conclusion.

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