Al Harris makes it through waivers

Former Packers cornerback Al Harris will have to take a pay cut to play in the NFL this year.

Harris passed through waivers on Tuesday according to multiple reports, meaning no team wanted the prorated rest of his $2.5 million contract.

The Packers brass watched Harris closely in practice for three weeks, so there has to be legitimate questions about whether he’s NFL ready following reconstructive knee surgery.  Still, we’d be surprised if Harris didn’t wind up with a low-cost gig in relative short order.

UPDATE: Some of you asked about whether the Packers were responsible for Harris’ contract.  They paid the prorated part of his salary for the first nine weeks of the season.  They are not responsible for the rest of the contract, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

43 responses to “Al Harris makes it through waivers

  1. Considering the Eagles past failure rate in signing defensive backs coming off of serious injuries, I hope they’re not dumb enough to sign Harris. But then again, he couldn’t be any worse than Ellis Hobbs.

  2. Can you clear up the confusion over his contract please? Some are adament that the Packers now owe the rest of it (as Minny would’ve with Moss) but I believe since Harris was on the PUP and not the 53, the contract is simply voided and the Packers owe him nothing.

  3. Is it possible that due to the play of Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, the GB head coach’s gave Al Harris a couple options.
    A) Accept some sort of dime back role
    or
    B) Try your luck elsewhere among the league.
    While it’s possible GB might have cut Harris because his injury is preventing him from playing better than what GB already has, I think it’s also possible that GB cut him so they wouldn’t have to deal with a player who would become quickly disgruntled.
    So they let him walk. And if this is the case, maybe he ends back up in GB. If the 31 other teams also don’t consider him a starting CB, maybe he comes back to GB and accepts the role.

  4. JaggedMark says:
    He was overrated when he WAS healthy.
    ____________
    It’s nice to see another person realize that fact. Here’s the truth. Harris has but one man to thank for his successes: Ahmad Carroll.
    For years, Carroll was the absolute worst starting corner in the league. Harris looked so good by comparison, that no one ever really threw at him, except the equally overrated Matt Hasselbeck, which is a story we all know.
    People assumed it was because Harris could cover well, and so he was voted to Pro Bowls. It wasn’t that at all, it was all Ahmad Carroll. See 4th and 26-When the undisputed DB bust of the decade is on the field, why would any smart QB target anyone else?
    Once Woodson arrived, and Carroll was run out of town following another McNabb field day at his expense, it was all over for Harris. The flags he had always avoided by having every ref watching Carroll started going his way, he began to be targeted and burned by quality receivers, and then he got injured.
    Al, thank you for the Hasselbeck-humiliation play. As a GB fan living in Seattle, that was a truly great day in my life. Now go get your signature penalty yards for some other team. Preferably one in the NFC North.

  5. JerkStore says:
    November 9, 2010 6:12 PM
    Can you clear up the confusion over his contract please? Some are adament that the Packers now owe the rest of it (as Minny would’ve with Moss) but I believe since Harris was on the PUP and not the 53, the contract is simply voided and the Packers owe him nothing.
    You are correct – he can sign now with anyone for whatever they are willing to pay (and whatever he is willing to receive)

  6. Harris’ knee was destroyed. Most guys who come back from that surgery take two years to return to competitive level.
    Harris is 35.

  7. Harris started the season on PUP, hence he wasn’t on the active roster during the first week, therefore the Packers are not responsible for the remainder of the balance.
    And before everyone goes ripping TT and the Packer orginazation….the Packers did right by Al. They gave him every opprotunity to make a comeback, paid the man, allowed him to rehab under their care, and instead of putting him on IR ending his season, granted his release so that he could have a chance with another team. Al didn’t want to be a #4 corner, and you don’t pay a #4 corner 2.5 million.
    Also, Al has pretty much been terrible, even when healthy in the Packers new 3-4 defense. He is a man to man corner that specializes in jamming WRs. Sam Shields is a better fit for the zone b/c of his impressive closing speed.
    Thanks to Al for a great 8 years, best of luck to him, I wouldn’t mind him showing the Packers that they were wrong, but I doubt that’s the case.

  8. “Ravens, they could use the vet leadership”
    Because they don’t already have the best leadership type guy sitting at MLB….

  9. I find it interesting that Packer fans like to think the Vikings scoop up former players like we wish they had selected them in the 1st place.
    Favre was a Falcon, Packer, Jet and then a Viking.
    Al Harris was in Philly with Brad Childress before he went to the Pack, and the Vikes did not put in a claim for him.
    The Packers NEVER drafted Ryan Longwell, their draft pick didn’t work out, so they signed him off Waivers from the 49’ers.
    Geez, are you people that delusional? They’re all journey men of some sort. Figure it out.

  10. Beer Cheese Soup i disagree man but not totally cause i still have nightmares over Ahmad Carroll But he went to the pro bowl when woodson was starting right next to him allowing woodson to get eight in one season cause nobody woud throw his way but he got old plain and simple damn shame but he did

  11. Hey Beer Cheese:
    Get your facts straight.
    1. Ahmad Carroll barely played in GB because he was so bad.
    2. Fourth-and-26 was a blown zone coverage by Nick Barnett (underneath) and Darren Sharper (over the top). Carroll had nothing to do with it.
    Al Harris was a quality NFL corner. In the last year or so, he just got a little long in the mouth — as Emmitt Smith would say.

  12. Why don’t the Packers bring him back for the prorated part of the veteran minimum ????
    Save some cap dollars and still have some veteran insurance in case of injury ???
    I’d sure rather have him in there than Pat Lee or Jarrett Bush – even if only in dime situations.
    Heaven help us if either Charles Woodson or Tramon Williams go down.
    Ted’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do then.

  13. Harris is 35 but turns 36 next month. Now look around the NFL and tell me how many 32 year olds and older CB’s do you see starting? Now factor in a horrific knee injury, one of the worse you can suffer and its been reported that it is still not 100%.
    So we wish him well but its clear that he is on the down side to his career. If he really sucks, for sure the Vikings will sign him.

  14. Duerson22 says:
    November 9, 2010 8:45 PM
    you all know the Vikings are gonna sign him….the packers trash is the vikings future
    ———-
    lol, real classy calling players trash that made your team great.

  15. If Woodson is so great why didn’t he cover Burres in the NFC title game? That game is the only reason why I don’t think Woodson deserved DPY last year over Revis.

  16. “If Woodson is so great why didn’t he cover Burres in the NFC title game? That game is the only reason why I don’t think Woodson deserved DPY last year over Revis.”
    So you are basically saying Woodson didn’t deserve DPOY last year based on a game that happened three seasons ago?
    Dipshit

  17. Relentless says:
    November 9, 2010 8:17 PM
    I find it interesting that Packer fans like to think the Vikings scoop up former players like we wish they had selected them in the 1st place.
    Favre was a Falcon, Packer, Jet and then a Viking.
    Al Harris was in Philly with Brad Childress before he went to the Pack, and the Vikes did not put in a claim for him.
    The Packers NEVER drafted Ryan Longwell, their draft pick didn’t work out, so they signed him off Waivers from the 49’ers.
    Geez, are you people that delusional? They’re all journey men of some sort. Figure it out.
    ———-
    Whatever helps you sleep at night, fella. How many games did Favre play for the Falcons? Riiiight. Journeyman.
    How many games did Longwell play for the 49ers? Real journeyman there.
    Even Harris spent twice as long in Green Bay as he spent in Philly.
    But you go ahead and think the Vikings aren’t out at the curb sifting through the contents of the Packers’ dumpster. Whatever helps you sleep comfortably in those big purple footy pajamas of yours.

  18. Titletown12champs says:
    Hey Beer Cheese:
    Get your facts straight.
    1. Ahmad Carroll barely played in GB because he was so bad.
    2. Fourth-and-26 was a blown zone coverage by Nick Barnett (underneath) and Darren Sharper (over the top). Carroll had nothing to do with it.
    Al Harris was a quality NFL corner. In the last year or so, he just got a little long in the mouth — as Emmitt Smith would say.
    ____________
    Carroll was a starter at CB for two years and the nickel for another.. Is that barely playing?
    4th and 26 was an all-around disaster, which we would all like to forget. The announcers I was listening to at the time (don’t remember who) said Carroll was out of position on the play. If I’m wrong, I’ll accept it. No one here is going to call Carroll a good player, so it doesn’t matter.
    We’ll agree to disagree on what Harris was and what he wasn’t. No one can deny that the man drew a LOT of flags, especially in later years. No one can deny he was a frequent burn victim, and most of all, no one can deny that he was a nobody until We Want the Ball and We’re Going to Score…Oops.
    I rest my case. If you don’t like it, that’s fine.
    ___
    Wisconsin_Myself says:
    If Woodson is so great why didn’t he cover Burres in the NFC title game? That game is the only reason why I don’t think Woodson deserved DPY last year over Revis.
    ____________
    You are a complete idiot. You make half of this site’s posters look like Mensa candidates, and I did not think that was possible.
    Woodson didn’t cover Burress because that wasn’t his assignment. Why is that? Who knows. Talk to the former DC, who was canned a year later for decisions very much like that one.
    Last year’s award was for LAST YEAR.. Not 2007. Idiot. I also thought we were over this Woodson-Revis nonsensical debate.. They are both very good corners who contribute a lot to their respective teams. Woodson got the award last year, for one reason or another. Asomugha is still better than either of them, and that comes from a lifelong Packer fan.

  19. @chc36
    Are you an idiot or just a drunken sconi? The Ravens could use the vet leadership???? Have you heard of Ray Lewis……maybe Ed Reed….Matt Birk….my god, they have nothing but veteran guys on that squad. Holy crap is that a stupid comment

  20. @Packers4life
    I think he’s saying Woodson shouldn’t have won the award because he does nothing but grab jersey, hold and cheat his ass off. This year he’s finally getting called for that crap and magically he’s not in the discussion for DPOY. Funny how that works huh? Dirty hated cheating Packers

  21. @chc36
    Are you an idiot or just a drunken sconi? The Ravens could use the vet leadership???? Have you heard of Ray Lewis……maybe Ed Reed….Matt Birk….my god, they have nothing but veteran guys on that squad. Holy crap is that a stupid comment

  22. # I hate Ted Thompson says: November 9, 2010 8:45 PM
    Why don’t the Packers bring him back for the prorated part of the veteran minimum ????
    Save some cap dollars and still have some veteran insurance in case of injury ???
    I’d sure rather have him in there than Pat Lee or Jarrett Bush – even if only in dime situations.
    Heaven help us if either Charles Woodson or Tramon Williams go down.
    Ted’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do then.
    ———————————————–
    Probably because unlike you the coaches have been watching him the last couple weeks, and determined that he just didn’t have anything to offer.
    Have you seen our injury situation? Can’t waste a roster spot on a guy who very well may be at 50%.
    31 other teams felt the same way when he could have been had at a pretty cheap price tag. Pat Lee and Jarret Bush are probably better options at this point.


  23. So you are basically saying Woodson didn’t deserve DPOY last year based on a game that happened three seasons ago? ”
    Nope, just that Woodson is not even close to being the best Corner in the league. Especially Revis.

  24. # Ledz says: November 10, 2010 12:24 AM
    @Packers4life
    I think he’s saying Woodson shouldn’t have won the award because he does nothing but grab jersey, hold and cheat his ass off. This year he’s finally getting called for that crap and magically he’s not in the discussion for DPOY. Funny how that works huh? Dirty hated cheating Packers
    —————————————————-
    You mean like every other CB in the league? Cry me a river.
    Yeah he is not in the discussion because there is another Packer that is having a great time destroying QB’s. Where is Revis this year?
    At least Woodson doesn’t hold out like a little baby and then spend half the season so far on the sidelines.

  25. Ledz must be at that point in her cycle.
    Chuck is a PLAYMAKER, don’t be jealous because your boyfriend can’t be.

  26. Ledz says:
    Funny how that works huh? Dirty hated cheating Packers.
    ____________
    Oh, you poor forlorn resentful soul. Who is your team that we beat? Cowboys? Jets? We all sure know it wasn’t the Vikings, because then you wouldn’t be here right now. Viking fans: talking smack all offseason, then disappearing once their team loses a few games. For 50 years. Skol Wild!!!
    ___
    Someone says:
    lol, real classy calling players trash that made your team great.
    ____________
    We can call Harris trash because he IS trash, and this team hasn’t been great since 1996. Tell me, where was Harris then?

  27. The Pack sould bring him back. I don’t know that they will, but it would make sense to bring him in for less money to provide depth. Of course, none of us know how ready to play he really is or how close to his old self he is so maybe there are some issues there. If he’s healthy he’d be a nice addition to plenty of teams including Green Bay. I don’t see him coming back though simply because he can get more money and a bigger role in the Defense somewhere like Houston where they are in contention and have a week secondary.

  28. @ itsallaboutPADLEVELS
    I don’t know what’s weaker, your comment or the fact that you were posting on PFT at 2:30 in the morning! Doesn’t your mom have a curfew for you in that basement?? Don’t you have a date with your hand later today? You wanna be rested up for that big guy. You and your hand have a very close relationship I hear. Good thing you don’t have a girlfriend or a job to get in the way of that. Oh, by the way, I hear paint thinner is on sale at Home Depot. You should get over there because I’m sure there will be a mad rush at the store opening.

  29. Was it really necessary to delete all the posts from yesterday afternoon and evening? I realize you change to this new format, but the integrity of the threads are now compromised. I do like the instant posting though, does it have the poere to delte curses? Shit.

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