FILE - In a Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 file photo, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, in Denver. The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that that Harris Jr. signed his restricted free agent tender contract. Harris is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, File) (The Associated Press)
FILE - In a Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, Denver Broncos cornerback (25) Chris Harris Jr. is photographed on the field after a game against the San Diego Chargers played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that that Harris Jr. signed his restricted free agent tender contract. Harris is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. (AP Photo/John Cordes) (The Associated Press)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. doesn't see any reason to lament his lot in life right now.
Despite dealing with a torn left ACL that sidelined him for the Super Bowl and probably cost him $1 million in salary next season, the Denver Broncos' most versatile cornerback was thrilled to sign his one-year restricted free-agent tender Tuesday.
It will pay him $2,187,000 next season — or more than 1,000 times the $2,000 signing bonus he received four years ago as an undrafted college free agent.
Had Harris not gotten hurt in the playoffs, the Broncos would have probably had to use the highest tender on him — a one-year deal worth more than $3.1 million that carried a first-round pick as compensation. Instead, they were able to use the second-highest tender available.