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Broncos reward Chris Harris Jr with $12.05 million salary for 2019

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Chris Harris has become the Denver Broncos’ highest paid cornerback.

The team announced that they have bumped up the 29-year old’s salary from $8.8 million to $12.05 million for the 2019 season.

“I’m ready to roll. I’m ready to get back with the team and start working on the camaraderie with my teammates,” said Harris.

While he’s pleased with the pay increase, he admits he is also looking for long-term financial security and to become the highest paid in the league at his position. His future with the franchise isn’t doomed, but it is far from certain that he returns after this year.

“I’m the 4th cornerback this year (in 2019 cash), and after this season, I’ll hit free agency and be No. 1.”

Harris, who was initially signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011, has compiled 462 combined tackles, 83 passes defended, 19 interceptions, 4.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and four touchdowns over a span of eight seasons and 123 games.

He is a four-time Pro Bowler, and played an important role in the Broncos’ Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

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Cowboys part ways with kicker Brett Maher, replace him with veteran Kai Forbath

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The Brett Maher era in Dallas has come to an end.

The Dallas Cowboys announced Monday that they have waived struggling kicker Brett Maher as the 2019 nears its end. They immediately replaced him with eigth-year veteran Kai Forbath for the final three games of the regular season. Forbath has appeared in one NFL game with the New England Patriots in 2019.

Maher, 30, had missed 17 combined field goals through nine games this season. His success rate from 40-49 yards was just 20% (1 for 5), and a slightly better 50% (4 for 8) from 50+ yards out.

Cowboys are holding onto first place in the NFC East despite a 6-7 record and a current three game losing skid.

They host the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at 4:45pm/ET.

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Tua Tagovailoa likely to enter 2020 NFL Draft despite devastating hip injury

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Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa isn’t going to let a season-ending injury impact his NFL dreams.

According to reports, the highly ranked junior still plans on entering his name into the 2020 NFL Draft despite suffering a dislocated and fractured hip injury against Mississippi State on November 16th. He underwent surgery to repair the injury on Monday, and as expected was officially ruled out for the season.

The 21-year old could see his stock fall in the draft due to concerns about his recovery from the injury, but there are still many teams that reportedly have him on his radar (including the Miami Dolphins). He is still expected to be picked in the Top 15 if the draft were held today. Only time will tell if his stock rises or falls come April 2020.

The 2018 SEC Offensive Player of the Year has completed 180 passes for 2840 yards, registered a 71.4 pass completion percentage, 94.5 QB rating, and compiled 33 touchdowns and three interceptions in nine games this season.

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Matthew Stafford hopeful to play again this season despite lingering back injury

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The Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes have all but completely slipped away as there 3-6-1 record puts them far behind the two NFC wild card spots heading into the final stretch of the season.

If there is any hope of them making a final push, they are going to need to get their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford back in the lineup. The 31-year old is dealing with a nagging back injury and hasn’t played since the team’s 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders on November 3rd.

Despite talks about him being shut down for the remainder of the season, Stafford reiterated that he is doing everything he can to get back on the field to help the team.

“I just know the work that I put into every season and I want to get as many chances as a I can to play with these guys as I possibly can” said Stafford.

“That’s really just how I think about it. If I’m healthy enough to go play, I’m going to go play.”

The 2009 first overall pick is in his 11th season with the franchise. He has recorded 187 pass completions for 2499 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

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