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Report: Broncos give Chris Harris second-round tender

Chris Harris, Rahim Moore AP

PFT’s top-ranked restricted free agent has reportedly been given a second-round tender by his club.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Broncos have tendered cornerback Chris Harris a one-year, $2.187 million contract.

Harris, 24, has started 27 games in the last two seasons for Denver. He suffered a torn ACL in the Broncos’ divisional playoff win vs. San Diego in January.

Were a team to sign Harris to an offer sheet that the Broncos declined to match, the signing team would surrender its 2014 second-round pick to Denver. Considering Harris’ injury and the relatively high cost to sign him away, it’s difficult to see a team making a run at the cornerback.

Nevertheless, the second-round tender for Harris makes sense on multiple levels. Harris played well last season, and a nice bump in compensation is deserved. Moreover, Harris is a former undrafted free agent, so the Broncos couldn’t go any lower on a contract offer, lest they just retained the right to match any offer sheet without receiving any compensation were Harris to depart.

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11 Responses to “Report: Broncos give Chris Harris second-round tender”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 7, 2014 1:53 PM

    He would be a perfect fit on the Vikings.

    No coach gets better production from his defense than Mike Zimmer.

    Skol.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 says: Mar 7, 2014 1:54 PM

    If I were the GM of a team with multiple early round picks and a CB need I would 100% make an offer for Harris.

  3. athwartships says: Mar 7, 2014 1:58 PM

    How to build a better mouse trap? attach draft pick tripwires to FA bids….so lame.

  4. drumsomeone says: Mar 7, 2014 2:04 PM

    If I were Harris I would be insulted, what a lowball offer for a starter…

  5. jasonculhane says: Mar 7, 2014 2:30 PM

    They were expected to do this, not surprised.

    But I really think the Broncos with the 31 pick should select Jason Verret from TCU CB. He looked great at the combine, very agile, good hands. I think for the selection, if he’s there, you can’t pass him up.

  6. si1m says: Mar 7, 2014 2:32 PM

    Chris Harris is pretty good and if he didn’t have that ACL, he probably gets a 1st tender.

    But you can’t give up a 2nd in a loaded draft to a guy with a shredded ACL.

  7. swarty87 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:33 PM

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see the patriots go for that. Talib Harris Arrington starting with dennard and Logan Ryan behind

  8. swarty87 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:34 PM

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see the patriots go for that. Talib Harris Arrington starting with dennard and Logan Ryan behind

  9. sc5000 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:43 PM

    Elway is getting really good at this.

  10. stopthehate15bowdown says: Mar 8, 2014 1:07 PM

    Elway should sign him long term if there is enough cap space after free agency. Can’t wait to see how good my boy does with a full year on the outside. Rock Chalk!

  11. bjigler says: Mar 8, 2014 2:07 PM

    Amazing how some talented players like Harris don’t get drafted. Shows how wrong these draft “experts” often are.

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