Free-Agent DL Shelby Harris Re-Signs With Broncos Amid Conflicting Reports

Luke Patterson

The Denver Broncos and free-agent DL Shelby Harris have shared a mutual interest in rekindling their relationship and breaking reports on Friday night indicate the two sides are working towards a deal. Originally broken by KOA's Brandon Krisztal, the report was corroborated by Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, the latter of whom reported that the Broncos are 'signing' Harris to a one-year contract that has $2.5 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $3.25 million.

Meanwhile, KUSA's Mike Klis quickly took to Twitter to refute the report, claiming the two sides are yet to reach an agreement. 

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If Harris' return is real, GM John Elway will have significantly bolstered the Broncos' defensive line in the wake of acquiring five-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey via trade from Tennessee little more than a week ago. Last season, Harris logged 49 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble, nine tipped passes, and three defensive stuffs. 

Harris was expected to fetch an expensive new contract after hiring powerhouse agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent him in free agency. Harris was previously linked to the Colts, but Indianapolis instead opted to trade with San Francisco for DL DeForest Buckner.

Harris had a rough start to the 2019 season when asked to pay the nose-guard position on Vic Fangio’s defensive line. After adjusting to different lineups, Harris finally found success and production as he settled into his natural defensive tackle role. 

Harris entered the league back in 2014 as a seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders' (pick 235). Harris only played in eight games for the Raiders, logging 14 tackles and one sack.

In 2017, Harris joined the Broncos where he has since appeared in all 48 games in three seasons. As a Bronco, Harris has compiled 122 tackles, 13 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, 16 passes defended and 11 stuffs. 

With Denver7's Troy Renck confirming that the Broncos have indeed reached an agreement with Harris, the big defensive lineman now joins Casey, and is re-united with Mike Purcell and Dre’Mont Jones in the Denver trenches. Meanwhile, Derek Wolfe remains unsigned. 

As we get more context on this conflicting story, we will pass it on with clarity.  

UPDATE: Klis now joins those confirming that Harris has re-signed with the Broncos. 

Per source close to Elway, he had been talking to Shelby Harris' new rep a couple days ago. Vic Fango talked to Shelby yesterday, per source," Klis tweeted. "Deal got done at 9:10 tonight. 

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Lawp76
Lawp76

Wolfe need to be next then we will beat KC then go deep into the playoffs! Unfortunately it looks like it may have to happen in 2021

jammy4041
jammy4041

At the end of the day, Shelby Harris didn’t start until last year, he found a home and carved out a role. There wasn’t the sample size and obviously, there’s been so much complications in dealing with players because of certain events, so really it was in Shelby’s best interest to prove his worth in the same scheme. This year, if there is a season, I hope that he can get more pressures and be more effective as a pass rusher. He has an unsustainable rate of getting sacks and PBUs on the few pressures he gets, but he needs to finish much more. A one year deal works best for Shelby and the Broncos. If he peforms well, he can hit free agency and target the deal he might have been expecting.

Seems like the d-line is pretty set. I’d expect Purcell to get most of the 0 tech or 1 tech snaps, Shelby to get most of the 3 tech snaps, and Casey to get most of the 5 tech snaps as a truer replacement for Derek Wolfe, though Shelby and Purcell have plenty of versatility. This move probably takes a defensive lineman off the board in the top 100 unless they are the clear best talent. I’d still like Wolfe back but it doesn’t seem like there’s room.

Would still like a cornerback though. Prince Amukamara is still out there, so a modest deal makes sense. He knows the scheme, has chemistry with Callahan, and considering everything that’s going on, those aspects are huge.

DispensaryKing
DispensaryKing

7 Passes Defensed on top of 6 sacks. 3.5 milli is a STEAL.

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

The coronavirus helped the Broncos to land a bargain basement deal. Too bad for Shelby, but it is difficult to cry for guy making millions when average Americans are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. Now, I hope the Broncos land ILB Darron Lee, WR Paul Richardson, and CB Amukamara. Elway would be home run hitter with a stacked veteran haul and then hopefully a fantastic draft class as the cherry on top.

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Cutting Heuerman's salary will cap wise more than pay for Shelby. Now that's a deal that makes real sense.

Bucky Bronco
Bucky Bronco

This is a good deal for all concerned. Harris has been a productive player for the Broncos and he gets some guaranteed money which is important for a committed family man. Glad he’s back. I hope they can bring back Wolfe too, and add some depth in the draft.

Kebby77
Kebby77

It's a team friendly deal. We need more.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

I wonder what the back story is? My guess it's not enough pass rush pressure to command +$10 mm? Wolfe must be punching holes through walls right now...It tough when you work hard, having a career year [both of them I think] to set yourself up for an NFL payoff and then your balloon gets popped and it's back to a prove it deal. My guess is Wolfe will end of somewhere on a one year deal so he can try FA again...too bad it didn't work out for him and the Broncos...

Brew77
Brew77

Wow what a pleasant surprise great move on both sides Broncos get to keep a productive D lineman and Harris has found a home. Sometimes FA doesn’t go the way players want not being able to cash in big but sometimes like this it works out for the better. I wonder what this means for Wolfe many expected the opposite Harris goes and Wolfe resigns now Wolfe might be the odd man out.

BuckinBronco
BuckinBronco

Stoked but sad. Was hoping for Wolfe

Vertcal Stripes
Vertcal Stripes

This is a plea to Mr Wolfe: I think I speak for ALL Broncos fans saying that if the opportunity is there for you PLEASE come back. I loved what you said about Denver being like the family you always wanted. You're a really good football player and a really good dude.

Sinceiwasalilboy
Sinceiwasalilboy

I can’t help but wonder if the tape showed occasionally taking off plays (other then some clutch plays) or something similar. I think this coupled with the small sample size netted us a good deal. 31 other teams (really those interested and in need) clearly found something. None even offered him a small deal ?????

Ringneck1
Ringneck1

Welcome back Shelby. Too bad Wolfe is gone but that's a great situation he's going to. He's contending next season, whereas Den won't be a contender this coming year.

One thing for certain, ya really have to take this stuff with a grain of salt. For weeks we were subject to CHJ resetting the cb market, Wolfe and Shelby both being priced out of Denver's reach. I clearly remember a story on Shelby getting 13-15 million. For his sake I wish so, but you have to start thinking about FA like an NFL GM. Cold, calculating. All three were good players on a poor team. All three have issues that would make GM hesitant - age, injury history, and lack of long-term production. Hopefully Shelby has a great year!

And it's time to give JE some credit for getting what may well be great deal on Shelby. CHJ and Wolfe while hard to see them leave, may well be case of a year too early better than a year too late.


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