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Bears release safety Chris Harris

Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 10:18 am
 
Chris Harris went from starter, to the bench, to looking for work. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Two weeks ago, Bears safeties Brandon Meriweather and Chris Harris were benched. The move (coupled with his release from the Patriots prior to the season) caused Meriweather to rethink how he plays the game. Harris will have plenty of time to contemplate such things, too -- the Bears announced Thursday that they have let him go. 

"I was just released this morning by the Bears," Harris tweeted. "Thank u for the opp to play football n do what I luv. I'm looking toward my next venture."

After heading to the bench against the Vikings in Week 6, a game the Bears won 39-10, Harris was back in the starting lineup last Sunday in London against the Buccaneers (Chicago won, 24-18). He got the nod over Major Wright, who was inactive with a hip injury.

The Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure writes that it's unclear if Harris asked for his release. Shortly after his benching, Harris requested a trade and the team honored his request before he decided to finish the season in Chicago.

He leaves the Bears having started 39 of 44 games, logging two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Harris began his career in Chicago when the team selected him out of Louisiana-Monroe in the sixth round of the 2005 draft. In 2008, he was traded to the Panthers for a fifth-rounder before Carolina traded him back to Chicago in 2010.

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Comments

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:50 am
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

Sorry about that BigRob -- I thought you were responding to me.  My bad.  Only thing I disagree with is the discount the Bears would have received if they would have re-signed him prior to this year.

I bet they could have signed him for around 3-4 million a year prior to 2011 -- they are going to have to pay him 6-9 million a year after 2011.  He is on pace for about 1600 yards rushing as well as around 80 catches out of the backfield.  Over the length of the extension -- they would have saved 10-20 million depending on the length of the extension.  That is huge chunk of change that could have been used elsewhere.

I do agree -- Forte isn't going anywhere.  Zero chance the Bears let him go.  They will let him basically name his price. 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:56 am
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

I do not understand this one at all. He must of really have said or did something to the organization. He has not been playing his best football, but to just let him go when we need depth at this position? I just do not get it!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

Mike D my comment wasnt an answer to yours.  If you read down a little further someone actually says the Bears dont want to resign him.  I read allot of that these days and its just not true.  Your right they Bears very well could have saved a bit of dough signing him earlier but not enough to make it the story it has become.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

 Big deal Forte loses no money.  Shame on them only cause the price is going up not down.
THAT is what I was talking about.  His price is skyrocketing with each passing game.  If he continues to have the year he is having -- Chicago is going to have to pay him like one of the top 3 RBs in the league.  If they would have got the deal done before this year, they would have saved MILLIONS.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

Enough with the uneducated blab about the Bears not wanting Forte.  Do you think he is the first player to be in this posision?  Forte is going nowhere.  He will be a Bear for his next contract.  Bears dont rip up contracts so any deal he signs will be an extension to this deal anyway.  Everyone is viewing this so one sided.  They are acting like the Bears have made no attempt to sign him.  They have they just werent able to work out the details before the season started.  So they shelved it till the end of the season.  Big deal Forte loses no money.  Shame on them only cause the price is going up not down.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

As for all the Forte this that pay him ....I can say i think hes worth hella more money and he will get payed BUT during the season is not the right time to ask for more money , just play football like you are and he will rack the benifits $$$$$$
The thing with Forte is -- He wanted to get the deal done BEFORE the season and the Bears didn't do it.  I bet with each passing game, they are regretting that move more and more.  Forte is a one man show on Chicago right now and he can back the Brinks truck up at the end of the year, because he can basically name his own price.  Chicago can't afford to let the guy walk away, so they are going to get bent over -- If they would have extended him prior to the year, they could have saved a TON of money.

In the end though -- you just never know.   



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

Chris Harris has done great things for the Bears ....just not of late , and really is not the player he used to be or the player we thought he could be this year....As for all the Forte this that pay him ....I can say i think hes worth hella more money and he will get payed BUT during the season is not the right time to ask for more money , just play football like you are and he will rack the benifits $$$$$$



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

I agree with the move to get rid of Harris, but I am also confused on why they signed or decided to keep Meriweather. But, this is a same group of brilliant football minds that don't believe that the guy who is leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage is worth a new contract.  



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

Once again the Bears show that they don't know their heads from their Azzs! So now what...pick up another safety from the trash heap like all the other players??  They are NUTZ!!



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Bears release safety Chris Harris

I disagree with this move.  Harris is slow and not as athletic as some, but he is the smartest safety the Bears have.  This just goes to show why Angelo and Lovie Smith haven't had a good safety rotation during their tenure.  They don't know how to evaluate talent.  They get rid of Harris and keep Meriweather?  Are you kidding me?  Merriweather may be younger and more athletic but he was worse in coverage, worse in blown assignments and gave up more big plays.  I don't get it and apparently neither does Bears management. 


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