Bears release veteran safety Chris Harris

AP

Earlier this year, some reporters that cover the Bears were pushing for safety Chris Harris to get a contract extension.

Instead, he didn’t even last the season.

Harris revealed via Twitter Thursday morning that the Bears cut him.

“I was just released this morning by the Bears. Thank u for the opp to play football n do what I luv. I’m looking toward my next venture,” Harris wrote. “This Business known as the #NFL is a strange one. Chicago I want to thank u for all the luv u have shown me over the yrs. u will b missed.”

Harris was a second team All Pro selection last year, which now just looks odd.  He has a $1.095 million contract and can be claimed by any team.  He started three games this year and was inactive for another.

Harris was brought back by the Bears last year to solidify the revolving door at safety for the team. The door continues to spin, and at some point it’s clear that scheme and personnel choices are the biggest problems with the safety play in Chicago.

UPDATE: It’s worth noting that Brandon Meriweather, whom the Bears signed for $3.25 million before the season, hasn’t taken a snap in two weeks.

75 responses to “Bears release veteran safety Chris Harris

  1. He’s a bit long in the tooth for Ted Thomas but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Packers pick him up. GB is thin at safety…

  2. Brandon Meriweather- Pro Bowler. Released, signed, and benched.

    Chris Harris- All Pro. Released, re-signed, benched, and released again.

    Can we now stop putting so much stock in these “Pro Bowler” and “All-Pro” titles?

  3. If Harris was any good, Chicago wouldn’t have let him go the first time. But this is the second time, so he didn’t fit and has a new opportunity to play somewhere else.

  4. He might have been second team all pro last season but so were about 12 others players….everybody on the second team got a sole vote.

  5. Maybe my safety deficient Browns will pick him up. So, instead of having to look at the likes of The Great Ray Ventrone I can have a former All-Pro.

    I’m just saying, Cleveland. Michael Adams? Usama Young? That is who you have opposite TJ Ward? And The Great Ventrone!

  6. Seems safe to guess he pushed for his release after losing his starting job. Should get a job shortly, I’d think. Heck, Tampa should give him a look as a potential upgrade from Sean Jones at SS.

  7. dfeltz says: Oct 27, 2011 10:07 AM

    If Harris was any good, Chicago wouldn’t have let him go the first time…
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    An ordinarily-logical statement but this is Jerry Angelo we’re talking about here, the man who cut a more-successful Thomas Jones in lieu of a then under-performing Cedric Benson simply because CB cost more…

  8. Wow… he may not be playing like a starting-caliber safety this year, but considering the current lack of depth at safety right now this move surprises me. There is little doubt that he is still better than Meriweather and Steltz at this point.

  9. This has got to be a personality thing. He asked for a trade first, now he must be acting like a baby or talking trash in the locker room or something.

    For that price, you suit him up each week in case your starters get hurt…and play him on goal line and sure run downs in the box. Something is weird here.

  10. Redskins! Please pick this guy up, perfect back up for LaRon Landry and otogwe.. Reed Doughty is a nice guy and all but can’t play coverage if his life depended on it.

  11. anyone in here pining for your team to sign harris clearly hasn’t seen him play this season.

    harris is hampered by a hamstring injury, and has been awful in run support (watch the lions game) and even worse in pass coverage (watch the bucs game).

    he was a really solid player a few years ago, but he’s lost a step and has become a liability.

    lol @scudbot. ted thomas. try ted thompson.

  12. godofwine330 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:26 AM

    Maybe my safety deficient Browns will pick him up. So, instead of having to look at the likes of The Great Ray Ventrone I can have a former All-Pro.

    I’m just saying, Cleveland. Michael Adams? Usama Young? That is who you have opposite TJ Ward? And The Great Ventrone!
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    I like Pops Adams, he’s versatile. Though maybe that isn’t as important under Jauron as it was under Ryan. Ward is s stud though you are right. Doubt the Browns want Harris, he isn’t a pass coverage type guy and that strikes me as more what they would need over another thumper like Ward & Harris.

  13. Detroit we need this guy…our secondary is weak and he will just help especially with houstn out with back problems…….and calling it a personality issue…he just said thanks and blah blah..people don’t know what there talking bout..and clearing cap space for t.o. guy only made a lil over a mil t.o. is a 10 year vet he qualifies for the vet minimum which I believe is more than that.

  14. I am shocked by the sudden decline of this guy. He was a difference maker for the Bears last year and this year he is terrible.

    For any of you guys that want your team to pick him up, have you watched him play this season. He is slow, can’t tackle, takes poor angles, and quarterbacks are able to look him out of position with ease. Even when he gets a clear path to the ball carrier, he usually runs past him without even getting within an arms length. This guy is toast and should move on to life after football.

  15. I am calling it right here, he goes to the Chiefs or the Skins. 2 potentially contending (Yes i said that with a straight face) teams with injured safeties who only need him for the rest of this year.

  16. An ordinarily-logical statement but this is Jerry Angelo we’re talking about here, the man who cut a more-successful Thomas Jones in lieu of a then under-performing Cedric Benson simply because CB cost more…
    ————

    Bears traded jones to move up in the second round

    I know packer fans struggle with literacy, but do your research before shooting your mouth off.

    And Harris was horrible against the lions and bucs. I hope the packers do sign him and start him.

  17. I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Chris Harris as a player. The few times a year I see the Bears play, I’m not focusing on their safety play.

    But since we are always so quick to jump all over players when they say stupid things on Twitter, how about we take a moment to recognize the class and grace Harris showed when tweeting about his release?

    Going out of your way to thank the fans is not the typical reaction of a player who just got dumped.

    Kudos to you, Mr. Harris.

  18. The bears didn’t release him “the first time” The Panthers traded for him. Then before last season when they were getting rid of all the vets he was traded back to The Bears. Get your facts straight people lol!

  19. Memo to the Minnesota Vikings: You need safety help very badly.

    The addition of Chris Harris would significantly upgrade your secondary, especially since you don’t currently have a safety on your roster that would be anything but a third stringer on any of the 31 other clubs.

    Sign Harris TODAY.

  20. sepl12 says:Oct 27, 2011 10:16 AM

    I bet the pats put a claim in for him, but it’s unlikely he’ll make it that deep into the claim order

    I’m fuzzy on the whole “availability of an NFL player being released thing”.

    Its different than MLB right ? The guy becomes
    a free agent and allowed to sign with any team
    he wants ?

    Anyone ? Anyone ? Bueller ? Anyone ?

  21. I don’t trust the Bears at all when it comes to personnel decisions. He isn’t great in coverage but I thought he was a good enough safety, weird to cut him right now. This is the same team that doesn’t know how to construct an offensive line and hands awful Roy Williams a starting job over Johnny Knox.

  22. @unbreakable02215:

    When a player is cut, he is put on waivers. Teams have 24 hours to put a claim on him. If there are multiple claims, the team claiming him that has the worse record will get him. Any team claiming him would be responsible to pay him under his current contract.

    After that, he becomes a free agent.

  23. Is it possible he was one of the ringleaders of the contract talk/extension in the lockerroom and eliminating him could resolve that issue? I think there are some members of management that are thin skinned. Oh well, time to go to the Saftey vinyard.

  24. asublimeday says: Oct 27, 2011 11:17 AM

    Bears traded jones to move up in the second round

    ___________________________
    Then they traded down with San Diego and chose:

    Dan Bazuin
    Garrett Wolfe
    Kevin Payne
    Marcus Harrison

    How’d those Angelo picks work out for you guys?

  25. After watching the best safety we have leave Greg Jennings all alone for a walk-in 79-yard TD, I’d say this guy would probably be an upgrade.

  26. is this the beginning of Terrell Owens in Chicago?

    What could be more perfect?

    Mike Martz wants to throw it on every down, no matter what.

    T.O. wants it thrown to him on every down, no matter what.

    It’s a match made in heaven.

  27. Rookie Chris Conte from the CAL Bears has really performed well for the Chicago Bears. He’s always around the ball and has a motor that won’t quit. Combine his good attitude/good play and he’s a big upgrade over Harris and Merriweather who were becoming cancers in the locker room.

  28. I love the Bears but this is further proof they don’t know what they’re doing. Not a clue.

    How can any player in the locker room over at Halas Hall have any feeling of security when this guy goes from starter to being released on a Thursday before a game! (and after a win the previous Sunday!).

  29. It seems like he was just unhappy there. He was known as somewhat of a locker room leader here in Carolina, the team spoke highly of him even after his trade. Harris would be a solid addition to any defense. I’d love to have him back in Caroilna! Hitman Pt.2!!!

  30. i dont see aj pulling this one, but maybe the chargers should take a look? bob sanders is gone and i dont see steve gregory being the full time safety for long

  31. aaronp2098 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:18 AM

    I could see GB or Detroit picking him up even if they don’t plan on playing him in the eff you signing of the week

    Not the type of move Ted Thompson would make. Woodson and Bush can both play saftey, We have a good developmental player they brought off the practice squad. When Morgan Burnett’s season ended last year we didn’t add anyone.

    Harris is a two deep tampa 2 type saftey and doesn’t cover well enough to play the way Capers plays his saftey’s

  32. why would they do that he was a ballhog he had like 7 interceptons and he has 4 this season
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    1) It’s “ballhawk” not hog
    2) He has exactly ZERO interceptions this year, and has not looked good. You want him? Take him.

  33. Mark my words. The colts will pick him up. He plays the same defense. Bullitt is the new bob sanders. Oh yeah and we have the worse record, so sorry. Harris we’ll see you here in Indy later this week. Man I can’t wait for next year to get here so manning can dominate the league once again.

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