The 2016-17 NFL season is not quite yet over, but Denver Broncos corner back Chris Harris sounds like he’s already ready for free agency.
Harris isn’t up for a new deal; his current contract runs through 2019. Rather, Harris is excited to see what moves Broncos general manager John Elway will make.
“After the season hopefully everything starts to get rolling,” Harris said in the days leading up to the Pro Bowl, according to NFL.com. “Once free agency comes, you know Elway is going to make some splashes. I’m excited to see who he brings as a part of the team.”
The Broncos, who beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs the season after they won a championship. It was the first time since 2010 Denver failed to qualify for the postseason.
The Broncos are well positioned to spend in free agency if they choose to. They have more than $32 million in salary cap space right now, per Spotrac.com.
The Broncos’ most pressing needs are on the offensive side of the ball. They finished 25th in points per drive (1.61) in 2016, which was well below the league average of 1.97.
Upgrading the offensive line is a priority. What Elway does at the quarterback position, where he has Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, will also be interesting to monitor.
The NFL free agency period officially begins March 9.
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