Chris Harris has some demands.
According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Broncos cornerback has formally requested to be traded if the team is unable to give him a new contract.
Harris is set to enter the final year of his current deal after Denver exercised his 2018 option last March. He is slated to earn $8.5 million in 2019.
However, NFL Media reported Harris wants at least $15 million per year on a new deal. Should he get his wish, the veteran would beat out Redskins cornerback Josh Norman to become the highest-paid player at his position.
When asked about possibility of extending Harris on Tuesday, Broncos general manager John Elway confirmed the team would re-visit the issue after the draft, which kicks off Thursday.
“We’ll talk about it,” Elway said. “Doesn’t mean we’ll do it.”
NFL Media noted that Elway’s dismissive remarks only added fuel to the fire and “escalated” tensions between Harris and the team.
In the meantime, Harris has been absent from the team’s voluntary offseason program, including their first minicamp last week.
Harris, who turns 30 in June, was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted rookie in 2011.