Report: Chris Harris Jr. has asked Broncos for a new contract or trade

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“Pay me or trade me.”

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris has asked for a trade if they won’t give him a new contract.

Harris is due to make $7.8 million in base salary in 2019, which serves as the final year of the five-year contract extension he signed in December 2014. Harris’ 2019 salary ranks outside the top 25 contracts for the season at the cornerback position despite being a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All-Pro in 2016. Meanwhile, the Broncos are paying Kareem Jackson an average of $11 million a season on the three-year deal he signed this offseason. Jackson has never made a Pro Bowl or award team during his nine years with the Houston Texans.

Broncos G.M. John Elway has said he has no intention of addressing the subject with Harris prior to the conclusion of the draft. At that point, he said Monday that “we’re going to talk about it. It doesn’t mean we’re going to do it.”

Elway then said he hasn’t even thought about the idea of trading Harris. However, the trade request may bring that scenario more toward the front of Elway’s mind.

Harris has not been taking part in any of the Broncos voluntary workouts as he has made his desire for a new deal clear. If that deal isn’t going to come from Denver, he wants the chance to get it elsewhere.

52 responses to “Report: Chris Harris Jr. has asked Broncos for a new contract or trade

  1. Here we go I said this once and I’ll say it again Antonio Brown set off a new trend in the NFL.You want more money start causing trouble.

  2. This is the perfect case for “I will see you on the last day possible in week 9”

    Harris should be making 12-15 a year. They got him on a cheaper deal and he played out 4 of the 5 years.They won a Super Bowl with him as a major contributor. Pay up or let him go.

  3. Deserves a way better contract, but I don’t think Denver can afford it. They essentially have a good replacement by bringing in Bryce Callahan, so I can see a trade happening real soon.

  4. Can we just chill out a minute? The front office is dealing with the draft right now…sort it out after that

  5. If the Chiefs can cobble together a contract for Harris that would complete a truly impressive defensive overhaul. Patrick Peterson works too.

  6. George Paras says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm
    Here we go I said this once and I’ll say it again Antonio Brown set off a new trend in the NFL.You want more money start causing trouble.
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    This has what to do with Antonio Brown causing trouble? Plenty of players have held out for more money. Just last year Donald held out for more money. Don’t forget about Emmit Smith, Bo Jackson, Eric Dickerson, LaVeon Bell and Darrell Revis.

  7. Telly Later says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Greed is killing the NFL.
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    For clarification purposes:
    Greedy PLAYERS are the ones that are killing the NFL.

  8. So your best corner who has made multiple pro bowls and is an all pro is in the final year of his contract, sees you just signed a lesser cornerback for $11 million per season wants $15 million per season on his new deal or to be traded to a team that will pay market rate and you haven’t even thought about it yet? And then you say $15 million per season is too high? If you signed a decent corner for $11 million per season why are you stringing along your all pro corner who was key in helping you win a Superbowl? Maybe this is just a negotiation tactic but it’s one that could lead to an off season of problems. Harris for all intention seems like a decent, nice, team guy who I’ve never heard really complain even while playing on a below market deal. He’s in the final year of that deal and the team is not willing to reward him. I guess the signal NFL some teams are sending to players is that to get your deal you need to go full Antonio Brown.

  9. This is just the beginning, by the Steelers letting AB get away with this, you will start to see this more often. This will continue until teams are willing to sit the players doing this.

  10. I don’t understand why fans get upset when a player that outperforms his contract asks for more money. The same fans are okay when a team cuts a player two years into a five year contract if the player does not live up to the contract or the team simply finds a cheaper option.

  11. The you signed the deal crowd so honor it , never seem to raise their voices when a guy signs a contract and is released prior to getting to fulfill the life of that contract earning every cent they agreed upon.

    It’s all business, don’t puff your chest out about things you have zero control over. Your teams will take the field in September, cheer them on win or lose then go about your life. Teams are going to play no matter what, the games always go on.

  12. Pay me or trade me even tho I have years left on my contract.
    this is going to just keep getting more and more the rule among NFL players.

  13. This is an interesting predicament for players. They would like the security of a long-term deal, but the market jumps up in leaps and bounds and so near the end of this contract the money is not so good compared to others. But short term deals offer you less security. I suspect there’s an advantage to the agent to also do long-term contracts. That way they do fewer contracts over the life of their player/client. But in so many cases the last years of these 5 year contracts become a problem. It’s easy to be sympathetic to both sides in this. Hopefully they’ll work it out. He’s a good player and a good contributor.

  14. It’s all about the Collective Bargaining Agreement- the teams releasing players halfway through a contract is allowable under the CBA, the document which covers every aspect of the teams and players relationship with each other.

    The CBA, as you know, was agreed to by both teams AND players. It is not a one way street. If the players don’t like something, say so at the table and try to change it.

    BTW, when the players do get their way, the NFL will become as absurd as MLB.

  15. Great player and should get a raise, but I think Elway has the power here, and he can be stubborn. I think something gets done, but it might get ugly in the meantime.

  16. He must be pretty bent out of shape seeing Jackson get more money!! Pay the man or trade the man!!

  17. I can see both sides here. If you want him, pay him! On the other hand, most financially disciplined GMs tend to go young to keep things under the cap. If I was Denver, I would pay him and keep him.

  18. ere we go I said this once and I’ll say it again Antonio Brown set off a new trend in the NFL.You want more money start causing trouble.
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    He has out played his current deal and has been a class act. What is he supposed to do? He’s been giving Denver a team friendly contract for awhile now. Its time for Elway to do the right thing or let him go…pretty simple. And people keep saying he should honor the contract he signed. But those contracts are not guaranteed. Geeeezzz this is not rocket science.

  19. Greed is killing the NFL.
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    For clarification purposes:
    Greedy PLAYERS are the ones that are killing the NFL.
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    More clarification. Billionaire owners hate to get beat at their own game, because the new breed of athlete reconizes his worth on the open market and stupid fans call him greedy however if they were in the same shoes would probably do the same. Eye roll.

  20. He’ll get a 3 year extension worth $42.5 million. Elway will give him $14 mil/yr, not $15 just out of his ignorance and pride. But he paid Von, he just shelled out big money for a Right Tackle and a Safety/corner in Kareem Jackson, he’ll pay Chris Harris as one of the last true Super Bowl contributers left.

  21. I dont have any issue with players getting paid. I do however have an issue with signing 4 or 5 year deals then demanding a new deal 1, 2 or even 3 years early. I think that the NFLPA needs to secure guaranteed contracts and max years so a player isn’t locked into a long term deal to receive more guaranteed cash. The salary cap is also a joke. Many of the long term deals will never be completed. Hard cap and fully guaranteed deals would fix alot

  22. These players seem to forget their yearly salaries are smaller because of the large guaranteed signing bonuses… their yearly salary isn’t the true value of what they are being paid for… their cap hit is the most accurate measure.

  23. Players can’t have it both ways – either take the guaranteed, upfront money that’s front loaded into the contract or don’t sign a 5 year deal because the last year or two of that contract will be at below-market rates because you got all of your money UPFRONT.

    If you think you’re that great, do what Revis did and go year to year and see how that works out for you.

  24. Sick and tired of this routine, and it’s a big reason why the NFL no longer gets season ticket money from me. These guys sign long-term contracts for the security and stability they provide. Yeah, not all the money is guaranteed, I get that, but a bunch is, and they get what they (presumably) want when they sign. Then a year or two later, it’s o longer enough, so we get this routine. If they really want to be evaluated each year, then sign 1-year deals! We don’t see any of these guys who are underperforming offering to give money BACK, do we? As soon as that happens, maybe I’ll be OK with Clark’s tactic. Until then, I refuse to financially support it. The pay rate of NFL players is accelerating at a way faster rate than inflation or most other jobs, and how many Escalades and mansions do you need for your “financial security” anyways?

  25. Stop signing 5 year contracts if you don’t want to honor them, ya dummies. Zero sympathy from the fans who won’t make that kind of money in a whole lifetime.

  26. Let me get this straight. You want a new contract from the same team that you are trying to jilt out of the first contract you signed??? Proves once again, you cannot give too much guaranteed money to NFL players. Just bad business.

  27. All contracts should be completely secret! That way the next guy has no idea if he’s not the highest paid player at a particular position. These contracts are getting out of hand anyway. None of them are worth whatever they are being paid.

  28. Time to start calling these players out. Sit, lose paychecks, get fined once back with the team for conduct detriment and then sit them for the season.

    You have a agent, use them. Media and social thumb banging is never good for a franchise.

  29. Chris Harris should at least be the highest paid CB on his team but at the same time, he is coming off a major injury. Tough situation for Elway. Although I like how Elway is handling it. Lets see if he can get back to form before we throw money at him.

  30. Telly Later says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm
    Greed is killing the NFL.

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    Owners were already slowly killing the league. Players are just starting to accelerate the process by asking for their fair share. Not agreeing in the methods some of them are using but still.

  31. Belichick would trade him to a bottom feeder for 2 firsts and a 3rd, sign a rookie corner and win another superbowl!!!!!

  32. Chris Harris Jr. Is a free agent after this year and took a team friendly deal after his undrafted contract expired.

    He is well within his right to say give me a contract or trade me.

  33. JaminJake says:
    April 24, 2019 at 2:24 pm
    Chris Harris Jr. Is a free agent after this year and took a team friendly deal after his undrafted contract expired.

    He is well within his right to say give me a contract or trade me.
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    Sure he has the right to ask, but no right to demand a raise or trade.
    After he plays this year he has the right to go to any team he wants to that wants him. Until then, if the team decides to make him live up to the contract he signed, his choice is to either play under that contract or sit out and make nothing.

  34. he’s going to be 30. that is the age when a corner’s production falls off a cliff. elway knows this. and other GMs know this. no way he sniffs $15 million a year. Elway will have problems finding a trade partner if harris is demanding that much money. i said elway should have traded him at the deadline last year. he probably could have received a 3rd rounder for him. now, he will be lucky to get a 5th.

    if they get rid of harris, they may as well trade sanders and von miller too. von miller could fetch them a nice haul of draft picks. sanders, not so much since he is in his 30’s and coming off an achilles. i also said elway should have traded sanders at the deadline last year. probably could have received a 3rd or 4th for him. now, he’d be lucky to get a 6th.

  35. Logic would say that $15 million for a 29 year old CB isn’t worth it (look at how bad Norman has become or how Revis dropped of so much). My Guess is Elway does nothing and lets him walk next year (he won’t be worth the $14 million tag price). But, I am sure some moron GM or owner will pay it and even waste draft picks in a trade.

  36. bobmillion says:
    April 24, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    Logic would say that $15 million for a 29 year old CB isn’t worth it (look at how bad Norman has become or how Revis dropped of so much). My Guess is Elway does nothing and lets him walk next year (he won’t be worth the $14 million tag price). But, I am sure some moron GM or owner will pay it and even waste draft picks in a trade.

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    Norman was never as good as his contract.

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