The cornerback, who has been absent from the team since the start of voluntary minicamp last week, has requested either a new contract from the Broncos or a trade out of town, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday evening. ESPN first reported the news.
The 29-year-old Harris is entering the final season of his contract and is set to earn $7.8 million in base salary. His average salary of $8.5 million from his last deal is well below the current market value for a player of his caliber, ranking 24th among active corners. Coming off his fourth Pro Bowl, Harris wants to correct that skewed number.
Asked about the possibility of extending Harris earlier on Tuesday, Broncos general manager John Elway said that the team would talk about it after the draft. "We'll talk about it," Elway told reporters, per Palmer. "Doesn't mean we'll do it."
Elway's dismissive comments on Tuesday reportedly "escalated" tensions between Harris and the organization, Palmer reported, and led to the corner's new demands.
"I always wanted to retire here," Harris said. "I've been patient. I'm still open to coming back. I'm never closing that door until they close it."
But if Harris' contract demands remain this stiff leading up to and after the draft, then Denver might not be able to afford to keep him either.