During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.
HARRIS JR. AT A GLANCE:
• A sixth-year cornerback who played 79 regular-season games (63 starts) in his first five NFL seasons with Denver, totaling 12 interceptions (306 yds.) and 52 passes defensed during that span.
• Selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl in 2015—one of just five undrafted cornerbacks in pro football history to make multiple Pro Bowls with his original team—in addition to being named a second-team All-Pro choice.
• Named a 2015 Broncos Community Ambassador award winner.
• Earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2014 to become just the sixth undrafted cornerback in NFL history to accomplish that feat with his original team.
• Voted by his teammates as the recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award after coming back from a torn ACL in 2013 to start every game and ranking first in opponent quarterback rating (47.8) when targeted, according to Pro Football Focus.
• Recognized as the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in 2013 given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.
• Emerged as a regular starter for the Broncos in 2012, opening the final 12 games of the regular season and allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards (400) and tying for the eighth-fewest completions allowed (35) in the NFL among players targeted at least 60 times.
• Represented one of just two defensive backs in the league in 2012 to record multiple interceptions (3) and sacks (2.5), while returning two of his picks for touchdowns to tie the franchise single-season record.
• Recorded the longest interception return for a touchdown in Broncos history with his 98-yard pick-six at Baltimore (12/16/12).
• Played all 16 regular-season games (4 starts) and two playoff contests (1 start) as a rookie in 2011 after making Denver’s active roster out of training camp.
• Named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team by the PFW/PFWA and Football Outsiders after ranking first among NFL rookie defensive backs (fourth on the Broncos) with 65 tackles (56 solo) to go along with one interception (15 yds.), six passes defensed and six special-teams stops.
• Played 50 games (41 starts) for the University of Kansas and finished his career ranked third among defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) in addition to four sacks (21 yds.) and three interceptions (11 yds.).
• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on July 27, 2011.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Denver as a college free agent 7/27/11.
2015: Harris Jr. was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press after starting all 16 regular-season games and finishing with 58 tackles (49 solo), two interceptions (94 yds.) and six passes defensed... Tallied 14 tackles (12 solo), two passes defensed and one sack (4 yds.) in Denver’s three postseason contents... Intercepted Raiders QB Derek Carr at Oak. (10/11) and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown—the seventh longest such play in team history... Posted three solo tackles and one pass defensed in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Pit. (1/17)... Recorded six tackles (4 solo) and one pass defensed in Denver’s AFC Championship Game vs. N.E. (1/24)... Notched five solo tackles and one sack (4 yds.) in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 victory vs. Car. (2/7).
2014: Harris Jr. started all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his career, earning his first Pro Bowl selection just months after having ACL surgery... Became just the sixth undrafted cornerback in pro football history to make a Pro Bowl with his original team... Selected as the Broncos’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage... Totaled 55 tackles (51 solo), three interceptions (52 yds.), a team-high 17 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery... Ranked first among all cornerbacks for opponent quarterback rating (47.8) and did not allow a single touchdown according to Pro Football Focus.... Posted a career-high four passes defensed vs. Ari. (10/5)... Recorded his first career fumble recovery at Oak. (11/9) and his first career forced fumble vs. Mia. (11/23).
2013: Harris Jr. played all 16 regular-season games (15 starts) and matched his career high with 65 tackles to rank second among Broncos defensive backs... Tied for the team lead with three interceptions and set a new career mark with 14 pass breakups... Saw action in one playoff game for the Broncos before a season-ending knee injury... Became the first Bronco since Champ Bailey in 2009 to record interceptions in back-to-back games when he picked off a pass from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter at NYG (9/15)... Led the team with a career-best 11 tackles vs. Jac. (10/13)... Tied for the team lead with six tackles and added a career-best three pass breakups at K.C. (12/1)... Suffered a torn ACL in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. S.D. (1/12) and was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 14.
2012: Harris Jr. played 15 games (12 starts) in the regular season and tied for the team lead with three interceptions—two of them returned for touchdowns—and nine passes defensed... Added 61 tackles (51 solo) and 2.5 sacks (17.5 yds.) as one of just two defensive backs in the NFL to post multiple interceptions and sacks... Ranked fifth in the NFL in receiving yards allowed (400) and tied for the eighth-fewest completions (35) allowed among players with at least 60 defensive targets... Finished fifth in the league with his 144 interception return yards to represent the fourth-highest single-season total in franchise history... Missed Denver’s Week 2 contest at Atl. (9/17) with an ankle injury... Recorded his first career multiple-interception game and his first career touchdown on a 46-yard interception return to cap Denver’s 24-point comeback at S.D. (10/15)... Sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and led the Broncos with seven tackles while seeing time at outside cornerback, nickel corner, and safety at Car. (11/11)... Intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it a franchise-record 98 yards for a touchdown at Bal. (12/16)... Tied a franchise postseason record with four pass breakups in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Bal. (1/12).
2011: Harris Jr., who entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on July 27, played all 16 regular-season games (4 starts) as a rookie and finished fifth on the club (first among NFL rookie defensive backs) with 65 tackles (56 solo) to go along with one interception (15 yds.) and six passes defensed... Ranked fifth on the Broncos with six special-teams stops... Played in both of Denver’s postseason contests, including a start in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at N.E. (1/14), and tied for third on the team with 13 tackles (7 solo)... Named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team by the PFW/PFWA and Football Outsiders.
COLLEGE: Harris Jr. finished his career at the University of Kansas ranked third among defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) and added four sacks (21 yds.) and three interceptions (11 yds.) for the Jayhawks... Played 50 career games (41 starts), seeing time at cornerback and safety... Named KU Defensive Back of the Year as a senior and was selected as the co-recipient of Kansas’ Don Fambrough Award for unselfishness following his junior campaign... Opened 10 games as a true freshman for Kansas in 2007 and was tabbed as the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year in addition to receiving honorable mention Freshman All-America recognition.
PERSONAL: 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... Lettered in basketball and track and was a member of the academic state champion teams during his final two prep seasons... Majored in social psychology at Kansas... Started the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation to support “underdogs”—individuals, particularly children, who are at a disadvantage because of circumstances beyond their control... Holds a free Underdog Football Skills Academy in Denver as well as his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.... Volunteers with his wife Leah in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program... Selected as the Broncos’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage... Named the 2013 winner of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, an award given for accountability and accessibility in the day-to-day workings of the season presented by the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America... Chris Harris Jr. was born on June 18, 1989, in Bixby, Okla.
The holiday spirit was alive and well Monday night, at Holidays with the Harrises, an event raising money for underprivileged kids in the Denver area through the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation.
A special look at a week in the life of Chris Harris Jr., including his morning commute, a special breakfast sandwich and behind-the-scenes video of him in the film room.
A special look at a week in the life of Chris Harris Jr., including an afternoon at home with his family and highlights of his time in the community in both his hometown of Bixby, Okla. and Denver.
A special look at a week in the life of Chris Harris Jr., including behind-the-scenes of a Broncos road trip.