NFL Rumors: Chris Harris Jr., Broncos Moving Closer to New Contract for 2019

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2019

FILE- In this Oct. 18, 2018, file Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) celebrates his interception for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. With Denver out of playoff contention and facing a slew of injuries at the position, the Broncos placed star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed free agent Craig Mager, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season. Harris sustained a chip fracture in his lower right leg two weeks ago.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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The Denver Broncos and representatives for cornerback Chris Harris Jr. are reportedly working toward a restructured deal, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic provided a breakdown of what the new contract could entail:

Harris currently has a base salary of $7.8 million and a cap hit of $8.77 million for 2019 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020, per Spotrac.

A new deal would seemingly encourage the player to return to the team after this season instead of testing the open market.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported prior to the draft that Harris requested a new deal or a trade, but it appears as though the organization wants to keep him on the roster.

The 29-year-old's impact on the team is obvious, having earned four Pro Bowl selections over the past five years. He was also named first- or second-team All-Pro three times in this stretch while playing a key role on the 2015 Super Bowl-winning squad.

Though slightly undersized at 5'10", Harris has excelled at defending the slot while becoming arguably the best in the NFL at this role:

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He has also remained consistent throughout his time in the NFL, appearing in 123 of 124 possible games to start his career until a broken leg ended his 2018 season after 12 games.

The Broncos obviously have faith he will fully recover and once again star in the defensive secondary.