|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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