OT Harris Open to Coming to Washington to Play for Mike Shanahan


Offensive tackle Ryan Harris will be an unrestricted free agent when the 2011 league year opens. The Broncos are unlikely to bring Harris back, and Rich Campbell of The Washington Times reports the former third-round pick out of Notre Dame is open to playing again for his first NFL coach, Mike Shanahan.

“Yeah, I had a great experience with Mike Shanahan,” Harris said during an appearance on Denver’s 102.3 The Ticket. “(He) drafted me into the league, gave me my first opportunity. We had the No. 1 pass offensive line (in sacks per pass) and the No. 3 rushing offensive line (in yards per carry) so I know he’s got a system that works. He knows how to put players together.”

According to Football Outsiders, the 2008 Broncos were No. 1 in “Adjusted Line Yards” and No. 4 in “Adjusted Sack Rate”.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Harris teamed with 2008 first-round left tackle Ryan Clady to give the Broncos one of the top young tackle tandems in the NFL before injuries (toe, ankle) limited Harris to 19 games over the last two seasons. Denver used a second-round pick on offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, who is projected to start at right tackle.

Harris’ injury history and perceived lack of size is why the Broncos are not expected to re-sign him, but according to Campbell, Harris said he’s healthy and has added 15 pounds of “good weight” this offseason.

Washington used the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on left tackle Trent Williams, but currently have a hole at right tackle as Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer are both unrestricted free agents.


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