The deal won’t guarantee Chris Harris Jr. stays in Denver beyond this season, but the contract adjustment he agreed to Tuesday will get the cornerback back to work.
Harris received a pay raise, accepting a $12.05 million deal for his season, Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports. The deal includes a $650,000 reporting bonus for showing up to organized team activities Wednesday and another $600,000 reporting bonus for training camp, per Klis.
“We have a lot of respect for Chris as a player and for everything he’s meant to our organization,” Broncos General Manager John Elway said in a release by the team announcing the deal. “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 will get a chance to obtain an annual salary in the neighborhood of $15 million per season in free agency next spring, barring a new deal with the Broncos before then. Until then, he’ll have to be content with a little more than $3 million in extra pay.
He was scheduled to make $7.8 million in base salary in 2019 after already receiving a $1 million option bonus.
Harris has played in Denver for eight seasons, started most of the past seven seasons and made four Pro Bowls.