Harris signs restricted tender

Chris Harris signed his $2.187M restricted tender on Tuesday; teams would have had until May 2 to sign Harris (or any other RFA) to an offer sheet.

But given that Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, it was a foregone conclusion that nobody was going to bother signing him away and handing Denver a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Even still, Harris's agent told the DP,

I was pleasantly surprised by the interest Chris did receive (from other teams) even with the injury.

Meanwhile, said Harris to the AP of his 294% raise from $555K,

I'll take it. I'm definitely happy with it. I'm excited to go back out there, get back healthy and lead this team back to the Super Bowl.

The fourth-year corner added that he knew teams wouldn't give up a second-rounder to acquire him, and that he expects to be near 100% health by the time camp rolls around.

As for the departure of Champ Bailey and signing of former Jayhawk Aqib Talib, Harris says he's ready to step into Bailey's role as both player and leader, and he's excited to be reunited with his college teammate.

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