Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr has made it clear to the team that he wants a new contract before the season begins, but it does not sound like there has been any progress toward making that happen.
Jesse Palmer of NFL Network reports that Harris and the Broncos have not engaged in contract talks, and teams have continued to inquire about trading for the star cornerback.
It's only a few days after the draft, but my understanding is contract talks have not begun with Chris Harris Jr and the Broncos. It's still early obviously. There are still teams interested in him, but that doesn't necessarily mean he gets moved either. Just waiting and watching
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 30, 2019
Broncos president of football operations John Elway said previously that he would address the Harris situation after the draft, so perhaps that is what the team is planning to do.
Harris has made the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons, and he is one of the best cornerbacks in football. The way he has recruited other players to Denver this offseason indicates he does not want to leave, but you can understand why he’s looking for more long-term security. He’s set to make a base salary of $7.8 million in 2019, which is roughly half of what the top corners in the league will be paid.
Harris will turn 30 this summer, so this is probably his last chance to sign a big contract. Given his age and the fact that they could use the franchise tag on him next offseason, it would not be a surprise if the Broncos choose to ride it out.