It took a while, but the Denver Broncos have a solid piece from last year back in blue and orange.
Cornerback Chris Harris signed his restricted free agent tender contract on Tuesday, meaning that he will return for the 2014 season while making a little more than $2 million. It actually helps in the long run because it allows the Broncos extra time to make a deal if Harris performs well, and they are having one of their starting cornerbacks return, which adds more talent all around.
This move will help the Broncos’ defense in regards to having a veteran presence, a leader, and more importantly, a player who knows the system on defense well. He has played in 47 games (started 31) and has seven interceptions, 191 tackles, and 2.5 sacks. Another statistic on Harris is that those seven interceptions, along with 29 pass breakups, leads the team in the past three seasons.
With Aqib Talib beginning to adjust to the Broncos’ defensive style of play, it is good to know that he will have Harris to help cover the other side of the field. It might be a while though, since Harris is still recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in last season’s divisional round against the San Diego Chargers. When he does return, however, the Broncos will have a cornerback who works so hard in practice and it shows on the field. He was undrafted before the Broncos picked him up in 2011.
There is no doubting that this move by the Broncos will pay off in a big way in their quest for the ultimate prize.