Chris Harris Jr. Signs with AFC-West Rival Chargers

DENVER After nine seasons, four-time pro-bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is leaving Denver.

Harris cashed in on free agency Wednesday signing a 2-year deal with the Chargers. Also a member of the AFC-West, Harris will now play his former team twice a season.

Harris took to Instagram to express his gratitude to Broncos Country for the past nine years.

"Broncos Country. THANK YOU! It's been an amazing 9 years. I want to thank the entire Denver Broncos organization for believing in a young, undrafted kid from Oklahoma. Thank you to my teammates, coaches and trainers for helping to make me a Super Bowl champion and 4X Pro Bowler. Thank you to the beautiful city of Denver for being home to my family and baby girls. BIG thank you to all the Broncos' fans!! From Super Bowls to Super Lows, you always showed up. ... It's hard to be leaving a city where we have created so many incredible memories, but I am excited for a new beginning," Harris wrote Wednesday on Instagram.

On Thursday, the Broncos released a statement on Harris:

“Chris Harris Jr. was an underdog from the very first day he arrived in Denver as a college free agent in 2011. With a competitive fire and never-back-down mentality, Chris beat the odds to become one of the best cornerbacks in Broncos history. He was a founding member of the “No Fly Zone” and helped that group take flight as one of the NFL’s all-time greatest secondaries. After countless pass breakups, interceptions and tackles, Chris would make that “No Fly Zone” motion with his arms that became synonymous with the many big plays he made during nine years as a Bronco. Most importantly, Chris helped our team win a lot of games as a Super Bowl champion who came up big in the biggest moments. Along with his wife Leah and their family, Chris had a real connection with this city. He was a fan favorite not only for being a great player but also his generous spirit in giving back to the community. We appreciate all Chris did for our organization and look forward to welcoming him back to celebrate his many accomplishments as a Denver Bronco.”