Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. participated in the team activities for the first time this offseason after inking a new one-year deal.
Harris Jr. was planned to earn about $8 million this season, but as part of the new deal will earn around $12 million. He admitted after practice Wednesday he thought he’d be traded this offseason.
Harris Jr. and Broncos President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway still didn’t work out a long term contract extension, but the cornerback said he still wants to retire as a Bronco, and he’ll put in the work to prove that this season even as a four-time Pro Bowler.
“Definitely more satisfied,” Harris Jr. said of his new payday. “For what I do on the field, definitely get more respect around the league for what I’ve done, so that’s what it’s about. You want to be appreciated for the work that you’ve done and the work that you’re about to put in. I’m about to put in more work, so that’s how I feel. You can talk about the past of what I’ve done, but I’m excited about the future and what I’m about to do.”
Harris Jr. will be an unrestricted free agent next season. He’s been with the team since 2011.
The Broncos also signed two defensive backs this offseason, Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan.