Bears contemplate bringing Tommie Harris back

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The Bears might be ready to test the notion that you can’t go home again.

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports that the team is talking about signing Tommie Harris to provide depth on the interior of the defensive line. With Amobi Okoye gone and Anthony Adams cut, the Bears have space open in the rotation. Harris would likely give them a pass rushing option since he was more effective rushing the passer last season than Stephen Paea or Matt Toeaina despite playing fewer snaps.

The Bears cut Harris in February 2011 because he was scheduled to make $5.3 million and injuries had forced him to take a lesser role on the defense. He signed with the Colts, but got cut before the season and wound up with the Chargers after they ran short of players on their defensive front. He had three sacks as a situational player in San Diego, so he can still be useful even if his knee problems have taken away some of what made him a strong player in his first stint with the Bears.

Harris said he was overwhelmed by the amount of support the Bears organization gave him when his wife died in February. If he winds up back with the team, he may be able to give them a different kind of support on the field.

10 responses to “Bears contemplate bringing Tommie Harris back

  1. Wouldnt be a bad pickup for us to get him at the league minimum to add depth. Definitely not a starter or every down player. His last season with the Bears he was mostly on his back every snap.

  2. I am a Bears fan, but was never a big Tommie Harris fan. Too much talk, Cardinal punching, and jumping offsides. That said, for the right number, I would like to see him back. We’re thin on the DL, and if he’s got anything left in the tank, he’s talented enough to make a difference as a situational player.

  3. I believe this is a GOOD pickup. He knows the Defense and players he is with. I think after the support from his recent tragedy, he will come out with a real motor out of his backside and near the potential he was drafted with.

  4. he was a great player until he got a new contract and after that was always hurt or ineffective when he did play. you have to have slacked off in order for lovie to be down on you not to activate you for a game as he did before they got rid of him. just play the guys you have so they can improve, I think pea will have a monster year this year after having a off season of workouts and year in the system.

  5. I don’t see the point in adding him. What we need is a rotational guy who can fill in on all downs. At this point he’s nothing more than a situational passrushing DT. We already have that in Melton and Idonije.

    We would be much better served re-signing Anthony Adams at the vetran minimum.

  6. Was Amobi Okoye really that bad? I thought he played well in spots. Is there really that much of a price difference between him and and old, leftover Harris?

  7. I really hope the bears pick him up again. There were a couple years where my favorite part of being at soldier field was screaming “punch him in the face tommy harris!” Good times.

  8. Where in that article does it suggest the bears are talking about him coming back potentially? It states that Lovie is fond of him. It also seems like something Pompei believes should happen. Did I miss something here?

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