NFL Report: Ex-Kansas Jayhawk Football Player Picked Up by Denver Broncos

Kip ReisererCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 28: Cornerback Chris Harris #16 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Arrowhead Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Football is back!  And with its return comes a feeding frenzy of free agency.  Could it be that Kansas Jayhawk fans have good news from KU Football?

As first reported by Matt Tait of KUSports.com via his Twitter account, ex-Jayhawk Chris Harris is supposed to sign a free-agent deal with the Denver Broncos.  Harris confirmed Tait's reported on his Twitter account as well.

For Kansas Jayhawk fans who have put the 2010-2011 football season in their rear-view mirror, finally something positive comes from that group of Jayhawks.

Harris, a 5-foot-10 defensive back from Bixby, OK, was a captain for the Kansas football team last season.  He saw playing time all four years at KU and was a part of the 2007-2008 Orange Bowl championship team.  Harris was also named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team by The Sporting News in 2007.

Although somewhat lacking size, Harris makes up for it with speed, agility and athleticism.  After going undrafted in the NFL, it seems as if the NFL will give him a chance to shine.  Harris will be the first Jayhawk of the 2011 class to sign with an NFL team.

Kansas went 3-9 last season with wins coming from Georgia Tech, New Mexico State, and Colorado.  Kansas head coach Turner Gill is entering his second season as the leader of the Jayhawks and will need a drastic improvement to win over his critics.

This won't be an easy task as the KU schedule is brutal for a rebuilding squad. Kansas has to play at Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M.

KU returns leading rusher from last season James Sims as well as bringing in four-star running back Darrian Miller.  The offensive also returns lineman Jeremiah Hatch, wide receiver Daymond Patterson and quarterback Jordan Webb.

For live updates from the Big 12 Media Days and Kansas Football, check out KUSports.com and KUAthletics.com.

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