Harris, 31, started all 16 games for the Broncos last season, grading as the league’s No. 53 tackle among 77 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus. Many felt that a return to Denver was unlikely, especially after the club gave a three-year, $14MM deal to fellow tackle Donald Stephenson earlier this month. PFR ranked Harris as the No. 10 free agent offensive tackle, just behind Will Beatty and Byron Bell, and just ahead of Jake Long.
One has to wonder how the Steelers’ signing of Harris will affect fellow free agent tackles Russell Okung and Kelvin Beachum. Okung has reportedly been considering four teams, including Pittsburgh. Beachum is one of the Steelers’ priority free agents this offseason, though the Jaguars appear to be very high on him at this time. Beachum is coming off of a torn ACL that wiped out most of his 2015 season, but he’s been stellar in the past, and isn’t wanting for suitors around the league.
For the Steelers, Harris looks like a good bet to compete with Alejandro Villanueva for the starting left tackle job.
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