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Ryan Harris Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Steelers

Denver Broncos tackle Ryan Harris celebrates following the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2016

Tackle Ryan Harris was one of the top available offensive linemen in free agency this offseason, and he has reportedly found a new home.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported Harris has agreed to a two-year, $3.9 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN and Renck both reported the Steelers scheduled a visit with Harris for this week.

Harris started all 16 games for the Denver Broncos at left tackle in 2015. He played well, stepping in for starter Ryan Clady, who tore his ACL in May. But with Ty Sambrailo and Clady returning from injuries, Harris likely would have returned to a backup role with the Broncos in 2016.

That would have been a demotion for Harris, who also started 15 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. He's had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans as well.

Harris' departure is the latest change in an eventful offseason for the Broncos. Quarterback Peyton Manning retired, and quarterback Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans, while defensive lineman Malik Jackson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and linebacker Danny Trevathan joined the Chicago Bears.

The Super Bowl champions came into the offseason with a long list of free agents, so change was inevitable. But the Broncos certainly will have a somewhat different look next season after all of the departures this offseason.

 

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