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December 12, 2014

BRONCOS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CB CHRIS HARRIS JR. ON FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday agreed to terms with cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.

“Chris is a young, ascending player who has consistently performed at a high level during his first four years in the NFL,” Elway said. “He joined the Broncos as a college free agent and has worked tirelessly to become one of the league’s best at his position.

“It’s a priority for us to develop and reward our own players as we continue assembling the best possible team. Whether it’s on the field or in the community, we are proud to have Chris representing the Broncos for many years to come.”

Signed by the team as a college free agent from the University of Kansas in 2011, Harris Jr. has appeared in 60 regular-season games (44 starts) for the Broncos during the last four years. His career totals include 236 tackles (208 solo), 10 interceptions (212 yds.), 44 passes defensed, 3.5 sacks (19.5 yds.), one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

In four postseason games (3 starts), he has accumulated 18 tackles (12 solo) and five passes defensed.

Harris Jr. is one of just four NFL players to intercept at least three passes every season since 2012. He also joins Richard Sherman as the only two cornerbacks in the league to rank among the top eight at his position each year since 2012 according to Pro Football Focus.

Starting every game for the Broncos this season, Harris Jr. has totaled 45 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions (52 yds.), one sack (2 yds.), 15 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed the second-lowest quarterback rating (46.9) while yielding the fewest yards per reception (7.5) in coverage (min. 75% snaps played) as the website’s top-rated cornerback through Week 14.

Harris Jr. was recognized as the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in 2013 given annually to the Bronco who displays enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.

A four-year starter at the University of Kansas, Harris Jr. split time between cornerback and safety throughout his tenure with the Jayhawks. He finished his collegiate career ranked third among KU defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) in addition to posting three interceptions (11 yds.) and four sacks (21 yds.).

Harris Jr. attended Bixby (Okla.) High School, where he was an all-state defensive back and was named district player of the year as a senior in 2006. 

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