Hey folks how goes it. I seem to have missed something regarding Chris Harris Jr. I admit I was not following the more minute details of the team like contract details until recent years but hasn’t Chris been undervalued his entire career? Being an UDFA his value was low from the start. He had to start at the bottom and work his way up, becoming a pro-bowler and premier db in his time with the Broncos. Hasn’t he taken a hometown discount up until now because he loved being a Bronco and he wanted to win? Hasn’t he been underpaid his entire career?
Last offseason Elway went out and signed Jackson and Callahan because we rightfully needed help at CB. He paid BOTH of them more than Harris because that’s how free agency works. Chris then said “ahem… excuse me, I’ve been holding down the fort here for years, I run the backfield, why am I the lowest paid?”
Now maybe we can justify taking advantage of Chris because he AGREED to his contract and his terms, but why are we pretending like Chris was being greedy for wanting to get paid at least AS MUCH as the new guys? The Broncos have been underpaying him the whole time.
RK, imagine you get a call from Spano this weekend and he tells you “welp I had to pull some strings but we’re gonna be bringing in Klis starting in May. I’ll have to pay him 40% more than you cause that was the going rate and we’ll have to revist our own arrangement after this coming season.” Would you not feel a little jilted? Would you not think it would be fair to at least make AS MUCH as Klis? Would you ponder saying “I’m off the pod until I get a raise, you’ll have a revolt amongst the listeners I tell you”
I apologize I’m not trying to make this personal I just don’t understand why treating Chris fairly would make you “sick to your stomach”. I don’t understand the animosity from the fan base and honestly was a little shocked to hear it from you guys. I don’t think Chris will get a top dollar contract at this point in his career but I do think he’s been giving discounts to billionaires for too long and I do not at all blame him for wanting to maximize his last few seasons of earning potential. I think Chris has been above and beyond anything Broncos Country could have hoped for when he came in as an UDFA. I’ve been hoping he would find a way to stay but maybe if there is this level of unreasonable (in my view) animosity towards him he would be better off elsewhere.
Anyhow sorry for the long comment and thanks for the great offseason content. Go Broncos!