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Broncos Bring Back Nose Tackle Shelby Harris on One-Year Deal

Upon realizing his market had drastically deflated, Shelby Harris let the Broncos know he’d rather stay than move elsewhere for a year.

Broncos general manager John Elway became interested in bringing Harris back at a team-favorable rate. The Broncos and Harris reached agreement Friday night on a 1-year, $2.5 million salary that is fully guaranteed, plus another $750,000 in per game roster bonuses ($46,875 per game) sources told Mike Klis of 9NEWS in Denver.

The deal had to be disappointing to Harris, who after a career-best season in 2019 switched from his longtime agent to a higher profile representative in the weeks prior to free agency in hopes of striking a lucrative deal, only to change again when his market value wasn’t as hoped.

It was agent Ryan Williams who finally got the deal done for Harris.

Harris made $3.095 million last year when he posted a career-best 6.0 sacks from his defensive tackle position and also led all NFL defensive linemen with 9 pass deflections in 2019. Yet, despite that solid season, he accepted a pay cut, at least until he plays in his 13th game in 2020.

He joins a Broncos three-man defensive front that will now start Jurrell Casey and either Dre’Mont Jones or Mike Purcell.

Broncos Land Rival Chargers RB Melvin Gordon with Two-Year Deal

The Denver Broncos fired a direct hit on one of their biggest AFC West foes on Friday, as reports are coming out that the team is set to ink away running back Melvin Gordon from the Los Angeles Chargers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport stated that as far as money goes the deal is for two years and will pay him $16 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.

Gordon could be coming aboard what could be the best running back core in the AFC, as he will split carries with 2018 Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay

What’s the Status of the Broncos Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Broncos have a chance in free agency to go out and get some play makers, but it’s going to be an interesting decision if they do or not.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Broncos receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Courtland Sutton (72-1,112-6), Emmanuel Sanders (30-367-2 — traded in October), DaeSean Hamilton (28-297-1).

The trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers ahead of Week 8 seemed like a signal that the Broncos were looking ahead to rebuilding their receiving corps. And then Courtland Sutton proceeded to rack up 1,112 yards (17th among receivers), creating WR1 cachet. Furthermore, Broncos WRs dropped just eight passes in 2019, tied for the fewest, per PFF. In other words, Denver now has options and leverage, having landed a third-round pick in exchange for Sanders without necessarily entering the offseason in obvious need of receiver talent.

Who Would the Broncos Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Broncos, who likely will place the tag on safety Justin Simmons.

Barring an extension, GM John Elway said at the combine that the team will tag breakout S Justin Simmons. CB Chris Harris and DL Derek Wolfe seem bound for the market.

A Contract Extension for RB Phillip Lindsay Will Have to Wait

It was thought at one point that the Broncos would get a contract extension done with running back Phillip Lindsay, but now it appears it will have to wait.

At least for awhile.

The running back’s extension is officially ‘on the back burner’ according to the Denver Post, who report that any sort of extension will wait through the offseason.

“We’ll see where everything falls after free agency, after the draft (and) how much money we have,” general manager John Elway said here during the scouting combine. “We would like to be able to do something. Obviously, Phillip’s been great. If we can do something, we’ll try.”

Because Lindsay is an undrafted free agent he is eligible for a new contract after his second season. Draft picks are eligible after their third year. His 2020 salary cap number is $665,000, one of the best team-friendly bargains in pro football.

In the past two seasons combined Lindsay ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing yards (2,048), 13th in attempts (416) and tied for 11th in rushing touchdowns (16). He is expected to be ready for the offseason program after wrist surgery in January.

Lindsay has been the most dynamic Broncos back, but the team wants to see where he lands after the wrist surgery, and there’s also a chance that the team will look to the draft to try and bring in a running back as well.

For now, if Lindsey is antsy for a new deal, he’ll have to wait.

Chris Harris Jr. Set to Test Free Agency, Says He’d Like to Stay in Denver

The Broncos are going to have to fight if they want to keep cornerback Chris Harris Jr., as the veteran is going to test free agency when the league year opens on March 18th.

“I think everybody deserves to see what they’re worth, and I deserve it at this point,” Harris said via The Athletic.

“I think I worked my tail off for nine years, I gave the city every ounce of effort that I could give and, shoot, it’s time to see what everybody else thinks about me.”

Harris stated on the radio (104.3 The Fan) in Denver Monday that he feels should he hit free agency that he will be playing elsewhere in 2020.

The 30-year-old was also rumored to be on the trade market last season, but the team kept him and let him play out the final year of his deal.

He was given a raise last season instead of a long-term deal by Denver. Now the Broncos are going to have to fight to get him back if they want him.

The veteran corner did say that he’d like to stay with the Broncos, but that the ball is in Denver’s court.

“If they want me back, then I’ll be back,” Harris said.

Flacco Should be Healthy Enough to Play in 2020 – But Can the Broncos Afford Him?

Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco should be able to return to the field in 2020 according to an ESPN report.

Flacco had stated at the end of the season that he was going to have an MRI on his injured neck to see if he could return, and from all indications he should be healthy enough to play again.

While Flacco may be healthy, if the Broncos want him back is another question. The team would have to absorb a huge cap hit if they keep him, as the veteran QB is set to make over $20 million in 2020, with a hit on the cap of $23.65 million.

The hit is even worse considering that Flacco is almost for sure going to enter 2020 as the backup to Drew Lock, who played well enough at the end of 2019 to earn the right to start 2020 as the starting quarterback.

The team would save just over $10 million if they release Flacco, a move that one would think they have to make to not handcuff themselves with such a huge cap number.

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