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Chris Harris | Defensive Back | #43

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/6/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: Louisiana-Monroe
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 6 (181) / CHI
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Former Bears and Panthers S Chris Harris announced his retirement from football.
A 2005 sixth-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe, Harris is hanging 'em up at age 30 after NFL eight seasons. A proficient ball stripper in his prime, Harris forced 14 fumbles, including eight in 2007 with Carolina. He chipped in 16 career interceptions. Although Harris never made a Pro Bowl, he was a playmaking strong safety and seven-game starter on Chicago's 2006 Super Bowl team. Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:28:00 PM

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Jaguars signed S Chris Harris.

CB Kevin Rutland was waived to clear a roster spot. An eight-year veteran, Harris appeared in 11 games between the Bears and Lions last season, making eight starts. He intercepted five passes as a 16-game starter in 2010. With the Jags thin at safety, Harris will see time on defense, but could also contribute on special teams.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 10:42:00 AM

Lions FS Chris Harris (concussion, neck) has been cleared to practice.

Harris says he's ready to play Saturday. He will likely draw another start, as Louis Delmas (knee scope) has yet to practice this week.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 01:39:00 PM

Lions S Chris Harris was forced from Sunday's game against the Raiders in the first quarter with an apparent head or neck injury.

Harris was trucked by Michael Bush, snapping his head back on a helmet-to-helmet hit. He appeared to be lucid on the sidelines but ended up walking to the locker room with trainers. Harris ended up being tested for a concussion.
Sun, Dec 18, 2011 04:18:00 PM

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that Chris Harris will serve as the No. 3 safety and a special teamer.

Erik Coleman started off the year in that role and then went down with an ankle injury. Next up was Vinny Fuller, who was lost for the season due to an elbow injury last week. Harris will only have an impact on defense if injuries strike starting strong safety Amari Spievey.
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 08:44:00 AM

Lions claimed S Chris Harris off waivers from the Bears.

The intradivision move gives Detroit more depth at safety, where the team has struggled with injuries. Harris probably isn't going to pass SS Amari Spievey as a starter, but could eventually prove a better backup option than special teamer John Wendling. Regardless, it's a low-impact transaction.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 04:16:00 PM

Former Bears SS Chris Harris would like to end up with the Broncos or Panthers if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Harris played for Broncos coach John Fox in Carolina from 2007-2009, and maintains a good relationshiop with former Bears DC and current Panthers coach Ron Rivera. Both teams have younger secondaries and struggling run defenses, though if they really want Harris they will likely put in a waiver claim. A liability in pass coverage, interest in Harris is unlikely to be robust.
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 06:33:00 PM

Bears waived SS Chris Harris.

Harris was permitted to seek a trade prior to the deadline, but said he would stick it out in Chicago as a backup after finding no takers. He then started last week's game against the Bucs with Major Wright (hip) a late scratch. Apparently, the Bears have simply had enough. Harris was a second-team All-Pro last season, but has been getting abused in coverage this year. He probably runs 4.8 at this stage of his career, but could help a team capable of using him mostly on run downs. Harris has always been able to make plays on the ball with 12 forced fumbles and 15 interceptions in a seven-year career.
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 09:23:00 AM

Bears GM Jerry Angelo said he doesn't expect to trade SS Chris Harris before Tuesday's 4pm ET deadline.

Harris was granted permission to seek a trade, but the best the Bears could get is a late-round pick. Angelo probably sees more value in keeping Harris as depth despite his waning production. "We're all on the same page now," according to Angelo.
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 11:23:00 AM

The Bears have granted SS Chris Harris' agent permission to explore a trade.

Harris' representatives are going to find that there isn't much of a market for a 29-year-old safety that is a major liability in coverage. At best, he'll fetch a conditional late-round pick. Harris is trying to land somewhere he'll actually be active so he can put something decent on tape ahead of free agency. The trade deadline is at 4pm ET Tuesday.
Mon, Oct 17, 2011 10:53:00 AM

Bears SS Chris Harris will formally request a trade Monday.

Coach Lovie Smith claimed Harris was inactive last night because he doesn't play special teams, but no one is buying that. Harris was humiliated by the Lions in Week 5, losing his starting job to rookie Chris Conte. Although the Bears won't receive anything of value on the trade market for Harris, they may be inclined to simply rid themselves of a potential distraction. He's a free agent at the end of this season anyway.
Mon, Oct 17, 2011 09:11:00 AM

Bears SS Chris Harris is inactive for Sunday's Week 6 game against the Vikings.

Both he and Brandon Meriweather have been benched following last week's embarrassing performance against Calvin Johnson and the Lions. Chris Conte makes his first career start at FS and Major Wright will start at SS. The Vikings don't have the personnel to make the Bears pay for their secondary woes, and it's hard to imagine things looking any worse than they did last week.
Source: Brad Biggs
Sun, Oct 16, 2011 07:19:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears will bench veteran safeties Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather in favor of Major Wright and Chris Conte this week.

The moves should come to the surprise of no one who watched Monday night's loss to the Lions. Harris looked incredibly slow in coverage. Meriweather was often out of position while continuing to lead with his helmet as a head-hunting tackler. The inexperienced Wright and Conte should represent an improvement in coverage, but this change may actually help Adrian Peterson in Week 6.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 04:06:00 PM

Bears SS Chris Harris is active for Monday Night Football against the Lions after missing the last three games.

His return should help in tight end coverage; the Bears have been gashed by the position with Harris battling a bad hamstring. Inactive for Chicago: DEs Mario Addison and Corey Wootton, WR Earl Bennett, RT Gabe Carimi, DT Stephen Paea, RB Kahlil Bell, and QB Nate Enderle. Dane Sanzenbacher will replace Bennett at slot receiver.
Mon, Oct 10, 2011 06:33:00 PM

Bears SS Chris Harris (hamstring) is expected to be active for Chicago's Monday night tilt with the Lions.

Harris has missed the Bears' past three games, but "continues to improve daily." He practiced on both Thursday and Friday. Fill-in Brandon Meriweather has been inconsistent in Harris' absence, so his return couldn't come soon enough for a secondary tasked with slowing down Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford.
Sat, Oct 8, 2011 01:02:00 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tim Tebow
2Christian Ponder
3Seth Lobato
4Bryan Bennett
5Jerry Lovelocke
6Chandler Harnish
7Chase Rettig
8Cody Fajardo
9Bryn Renner
10R.J. Archer
11Shane Carden
12Jake Heaps
13Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16Keshawn Hill
17Lache Seastrunk
18LaVance Taylor
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Toben Opurum
11Kiero Small
12John Conner
WR11Josh Morgan
2Jacoby Ford
3Preston Parker
4Kris Durham
5T.J. Graham
6Miles Austin
7Vincent Brown
8Zach D'Orazio
9Kenzel Doe
10Carlton Mitchell
11Armon Binns
12Reggie Dunn
13Aldrick Robinson
14Damian Williams
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Ricky Collins
18Josh Harper
19Marquez Clark
20David Porter
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Tyler McDonald
25Ezell Ruffin
26Lance Lewis
27Josh Stewart
28DaVaris Daniels
WR21Ace Sanders
2Denarius Moore
3Marcus Thigpen
4A.J. Jenkins
5Joe Morgan
6Ryan Broyles
7Jacoby Jones
8Rico Richardson
9Emory Blake
10Saalim Hakim
11Onterio McCalebb
12Mike Brown
13Tandon Doss
14Austin Pettis
15Devon Wylie
16Devante Davis
17Daniel Rodriguez
18James Butler
19Jimmie Hunt
20Milton Williams III
21Ryan Lankford
22Clyde Gates
23Ryan Whalen
24Michael Preston
25Phil Bates
26Juron Criner
27Tom Nelson
28Trindon Holliday
29Demetrius Wilson
30Josh Reese
31Trevor Harman
32Paul Browning
TE1Dante Rosario
2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
LT1Jason Fox
2David Foucault
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
8Justin Manton
9Patrick Murray