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Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 5:32 pm
Chris Harris faced the Lions in Week 6. On Friday, he joined them. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday morning, the Bears released safety Chris Harris. A day later, he's been claimed off waivers by the Lions, according to his agent Albert Elias.

Incidentally, it was Harris' performance against Detroit in Week 6 that led to his benching. After sitting out the Vikings game, he was back on the field last Sunday in London, when Chicago beat Tampa Bay.

In Detroit, Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey will remain the starting safeties, but Harris will add depth to a secondary that lost Erik Coleman to injured reserve earlier this month, and Vince Fuller met the same fate Friday afternoon.

Harris, who led the Bears with five interceptions last season, hasn't been as productive this season and that, in part, led to his release.

“It’s the body of work,” Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times, “and just not one thing. Then it’s just a gut feeling, as a head football coach. I felt like we needed to go in a different direction. …

“We don’t all of a sudden wake up one morning and just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go this direction.’ It’s a pattern,” Smith said, “and I feel good about the decision we had to make. It is a business and, for us, it’s about production. We felt like we had some other options that we felt pretty good about, at the safety position.”

To Harris' credit, he took it all in stride, spending much of Thursday accepting well-wishes from the Twitterverse, and even he managed to get off quite possibly the best job-related tweet ever. (Upside: at least Harris wasn't stealing boxes.)

If you don't get the reference, then shame on you -- and here's a handy video clip (naughty language alert).

By claiming Harris on waivers, the Lions assume the remaining $644,000 on his contract this year. And in case you're wondering, the Lions face the Bears on November 13. 

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Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:21 am

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Harris can get in some practice against Tebow!

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:12 pm

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Tim Tebow will shred the secondary??  Lol, that is funny.  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 5:43 pm

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

First of all the Bears blew it and the Lions benefited from it. Why let teams in your own division take advantage of you. Bad Timing for the Bears. Matthew Stafford is hurt and most likely not playing against the Broncos. The Lions secondary is suspect at best. Tim Tebow can shred the defense at will Broncos win vs Lions

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:23 pm

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Good pick up for a back-up/bench player duty behind delmas and spivey, its not like he is going to be the starter. Its funny everyone dogging on this pick up, LOL, its only 600k for a backup player and could be a steal if the change of scenery helps his game, its not like there is an Ed Reed out there to sign mid-season, now if the lions sign him during F/A then i would be dogging on this signing too but its a good mid-season pick up for depth espically because we lost both our back up safety to IR this month.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:32 pm
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Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:34 am

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Times must be desperate when you go go sifting through the Bears' trash!!!!!

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:46 am

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

CBS couldn't resist throwing a clip with Tebow on it could they?

It's foreshadowing - just letting the Lions fans know that while they "upgraded" their bench, they are about to get Tebowed in the nuts.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:34 am

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Couldn't agree more with shibbykaiyai.  If the Lions think this is the glue that is going to hold the dam from collapse - well, they better start blowing up their life rafts. 

This move doesn't scare anyone in the division, especially the Bears as they clearly know all of his weaknesses.  This only makes it so the Bears know your defense even better.

Point all you want to your early season win at home against the Bears to make you feel better, but be warned - they are finding their rhythm, and you will not have the luxury of the home crowd drawing false starts this next time around.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:58 pm

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

best wishes to the Hitman in Detroit.  Chris is a great teammate and great guy, strong against the run and will create some turnovers

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:56 pm

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Chicago's gonna have to change their whole gameplan when they face my boys

The Bears do not change their plans when the rest of the NFL and world informs them that what they are doing isn't working, so why would they change them when the Lions signed our discarded safety?  Martz isn't going to change for something as simple as this and a bunch of NFL teams run our D, so I would hope you would know it by now.  But please, put him out there against us.  Please, please, please.  

And, if the Lions need to learn the bears gameplan from a failed S and not from your scouting and coaches watching film, then your players might want to start making their January golfing trip plans now.   He will make a nice 3rd or 4th string S and someone you can beat up on in practice, but not much more.

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