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Chris Harris | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/6/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: Louisiana-Monroe
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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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PosRoleName
QB1Jerry Lovelocke
RB1Cyrus Gray
2Keshawn Hill
3LaVance Taylor
FB1J.C. Copeland
WR11Damond Powell
WR21Ace Sanders
2Devante Davis
3Devon Wylie
4Demetrius Wilson
TE1Brett Brackett
2Michael Egnew
3Ray Hamilton
K1Andrew Furney