Von Miller had to go through a contract dispute to get paid by the Denver Broncos. That’s not unusual.
Miller’s teammate Chris Harris wants a raise, but his situation is more complicated. Harris, a Pro Bowl cornerback, asked to be traded if he’s not given a new deal, but nothing has happened yet. Miller thinks Harris should get paid.
And Miller used the organization’s philosophy as his argument for Harris getting a new deal. He had a point. Is Broncos general manager John Elway listening?
Von Miller makes a case for Chris Harris
Miller was asked about Harris on Monday, and he had a thought-provoking answer. He argued that if the Broncos preach doing the right thing there’s no better example than Harris, an undrafted player who became a four-time Pro Bowler.
“Sometimes when you first get here, they tell you if you play and play well they’ll take care of you,” Miller said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “If you do all the right things in the community and you do all the right things on the football field, they’ll take care of you. Chris has definitely done everything and then some, whether it’s in the community with his foundation, or on the football field. He guards the No. 1 receiver, he’s a top DB in the league and you want to take care of guys like that.
“But it’s not all simple. It’s not all as easy as it seems, and I understand that. I’ve been through that before. But guys like Chris Harris, who have done it all and really hit all the check marks and all the boxes, you want to take care of guys like that. He deserves it, 100 percent.”
It’s hard to argue against that. And you know a lot of players in the locker room are curious to see what happens next.
Harris is popular in Denver
Harris is well liked in Denver. He is seen as a good teammate, and he has done great things off the field, as Miller said. He has done all the right things, and is a player the Broncos should hold up as an example of what they want from all their players.
There are business reasons to not extend Harris. He’ll be 30 years old this season. Last year he missed four games due to injury, which is a little concerning. He did agree to a contract, which wasn’t bad at the time but is now well below market value. His $7.8 million salary this season is 19th among NFL cornerbacks, according to Spotrac. A contract extension could turn out bad. And as Miller said, it is all complicated.
But there is probably some value rewarding a player like Harris. He’s what the Broncos want all their players to be like. Miller made a great case. Players on the roster and maybe even future free agents would notice. Now what will Elway do?
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