The Broncos wanted to keep Chris Harris. He instead signed with one of their rivals, the Chargers.
The cornerback agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal, leaving Denver after nine seasons, four Pro Bowls and two All-Pros.
The Broncos bid him farewell in a statement Thursday.
“Chris Harris Jr. was an underdog from the very first day he arrived in Denver as a college free agent in 2011,” the team said. “With a competitive fire and never-back-down mentality, Chris beat the odds to become one of the best cornerbacks in Broncos history. He was a founding member of the ‘No Fly Zone’ and helped that group take flight as one of the NFL’s all-time greatest secondaries. After countless pass breakups, interceptions and tackles, Chris would make that ‘No Fly Zone’ motion with his arms that became synonymous with the many big plays he made during nine years as a Bronco. Most importantly, Chris helped our team win a lot of games as a Super Bowl champion who came up big in the biggest moments. Along with his wife Leah and their family, Chris had a real connection with this city. He was a fan favorite not only for being a great player but also his generous spirit in giving back to the community. We appreciate all Chris did for our organization and look forward to welcoming him back to celebrate his many accomplishments as a Denver Bronco.”