The Broncos saluted cornerback Chris Harris Jr. in a statement Thursday, after the cornerback agreed to join the Los Angeles Chargers a day earlier following nine years in Denver.
Undrafted out of Kansas in 2011, Harris went on to make four Pro Bowls (2014-16 and ’18) and was All Pro in 2015-16.
Harris played 139 (121 starts) regular season and eight (seven) playoff games, totaling 512 tackles, 20 interceptions, 86 pass break-ups, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
The Broncos’ full statement:
“Chris Harris Jr. was an underdog from the very first day he arrived in Denver as a college free agent in 2011. With a competitive fire and never-back-down mentality, Chris beat the odds to become one of the best cornerbacks in Broncos history. He was a founding member of the ‘No Fly Zone’ and helped that group take flight as one of the NFL’s all-time greatest secondaries.
“After countless pass break-ups, interceptions and tackles, Chris would make that ‘No Fly Zone’ motion with his arms that became synonymous with the many big plays he made during nine years as a Bronco. Most importantly, Chris helped our team win a lot of games as a Super Bowl champion who came up big in the biggest moments.
“Along with his wife Leah and their family, Chris had a real connection with this city. He was a fan favorite not only for being a great player but also his generous spirit in giving back to the community. We appreciate all Chris did for our organization and look forward to welcoming him back to celebrate his many accomplishments as a Denver Bronco.”