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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
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Josh Freeman
3Phillip Sims
4Bryan Bennett
5G.J. Kinne
6Johnny Manziel
7Seth Lobato
8Christian Ponder
9Tim Tebow
10Brad Sorensen
11Bryn Renner
12McLeod Bethel-Thompson
13Pat Devlin
14Garrett Gilbert
15R.J. Archer
16Cody Fajardo
17Shane Carden
18Griffin Neal
19Jerry Lovelocke
20Chase Rettig
21Chandler Harnish
22Dylan Thompson
23Jake Waters
RB1Arian Foster
2Joseph Randle
3Zurlon Tipton
4Toby Gerhart
5LaMichael James
6Joique Bell
7Alonzo Harris
8Antone Smith
9Anthony Dixon
10Josh Harris
11Ross Scheuerman
12Kenneth Harper
13Jawon Chisholm
14Brandon Ross
15Jerome Smith
16Rajion Neal
17Michael Dyer
18Jeremy Stewart
19Keshawn Hill
20Kevin Monangai
21LaVance Taylor
22Lache Seastrunk
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Jorvorskie Lane
3Erik Lorig
4Derrick Coleman
5Ryan Mueller
6Henry Hynoski
7Joe Don Duncan
8Brad Smelley
9Trey Millard
10Abou Toure
11Jordan Campbell
12Emil Igwenagu
13Zach Boren
14Kiero Small
15J.C. Copeland
16John Conner
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Andre Johnson
4Shane Wynn
5Miles Austin
6Dwayne Bowe
7Andre Roberts
8Preston Parker
9Kris Durham
10Seantavius Jones
11Josh Morgan
12Jacoby Ford
13Tyler Davis
14Tevin Reese
15Solomon Patton
16Ricky Collins
17Zach D'Orazio
18Kenzel Doe
19Damaris Johnson
20Damian Williams
21Reggie Dunn
22Armon Binns
23Carlton Mitchell
24DaVaris Daniels
25Tyler McDonald
26Ezell Ruffin
27Lance Lewis
28Joseph Anderson
29Josh Stewart
30Josh Harper
31Marquez Clark
32Travis Labhart
33Donatella Luckett
34L'Damian Washington
35David Porter
WR21Brian Hartline
2Roddy White
3Ace Sanders
4Riley Cooper
5Denarius Moore
6Marcus Thigpen
7Joe Morgan
8Austin Pettis
9Jacoby Jones
10Ryan Broyles
11Rico Richardson
12Emory Blake
13A.J. Jenkins
14Onterio McCalebb
15Tandon Doss
16Mike Brown
17Devante Davis
18Jimmie Hunt
19Devon Wylie
20Marlon Brown
21Phil Bates
22Isiah Ferguson
23Ryan Lankford
24Milton Williams III
25Michael Preston
26Daniel Rodriguez
27James Butler
28Clyde Gates
29Ryan Whalen
30Marcus Harris
31Juron Criner
32Tom Nelson
33Andre Davis
34Demetrius Wilson
35Josh Reese
36Trevor Harman
37Paul Browning
38Saalim Hakim
39Trindon Holliday
40Christion Jones
WR31Andre Johnson
2Marques Colston
3Riley Cooper
TE1Owen Daniels
2Scott Chandler
3Dante Rosario
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Chase Ford
7Beau Gardner
8Mickey Shuler
9D.J. Williams
10Mike McFarland
11Rob Blanchflower
12Jacob Maxwell
13Richard Gordon
14Nick Kasa
15Chase Dixon
16Cameron Clear
17David Paulson
18Steve Maneri
19Jimmay Mundine
20Brandon Barden
21Kevin Greene
22Gerell Robinson
23Dan Light
24Jordan Thompson
25Jake Murphy
26Jerome Cunningham
27Ryan Taylor
28Brett Brackett
29Michael Egnew
30Adrien Robinson
LT1Pierce Burton
2John Fullington
3Micah Hatchie
4Will Beatty
5Jason Fox
6Tyson Chandler
7Bryan Witzmann
8Mitchell Van Dyk
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Antoine Everett
3Ben Heenan
4Sean Hickey
5Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
6Tanner Hawkinson
7Darren Keyton
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Khaled Holmes
3Braxston Cave
4Brian De La Puente
5Ben Clarke
RG1Jahri Evans
2Louis Vasquez
3Todd Herremans
4Michael Liedtke
5Paul Fanaika
6Michael Huey
7Patrick Omameh
8Leon Brown
9Ronald Patrick
10Adam Replogle
11Jake Bernstein
RT1Mike Adams
2Nate Chandler
3Brett Boyko
4Lamar Holmes
5Kelvin Palmer
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Kyle Brindza
4Brad Craddock
5Carey Spear
6Billy Cundiff
7Jaden Oberkrom
8Mike Meyer
9Andrew Furney
10Justin Manton
11Corey Acosta
12Patrick Murray
13Ty Long