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Agent: Bears safety Chris Harris granted permission to seek trade

From getting hurt, to playing woefully hurt, now to being a surprise inactive – the second go-around for Bears safety Chris Harris is all but over.

According to Harris’ agent Albert Elias the Bears have given the unhappy defensive back permission to explore a deal.

“(Bears general manager) Jerry Angelo and I just got off the phone. He’s been a mentor and a father-figure to me. The fact that he’s doing the right thing on Chris Harris’ behalf by granting us an opportunity to explore a trade goes a long way with us,” Elias said.

The Louisiana-Monroe product displayed his professionalism addressing the sticky situation.

“I requested a trade, I sure did,” Harris said. “I don’t know if I’ll be traded or not. I’ve definitely requested one, and the trade deadline is tomorrow, so that’s a very small window of time, so it’s not to say anything is going to be done.

“And if nothing is done, I’ll be here in Chicago for the remainder of this season. If my number gets called again, I’ll go out there and ball out and it will be what it is.”

“If there’s no trade made, I’m still going to be a Chicago Bear, and I’ll go to work every day and conduct myself accordingly, the way I should and be professional about it,” he said.

In conclusion, I like what I see so far from the Wright/Conte combination to part ways with Harris, granted, we receive a fourth or a fifth-round pick for the veteran safety.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. bob

    October 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Harris is good when healthy. Led team in int last year. Major and Conte prob more athletic at this point faster. 4th or 5th rounder, ok.

    • Brian

      October 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Not sure what people like about the wright/conte combination. that we won the game? would we not have won with harris out there? cmon man. He took bad angles on a few plays in the Lions game and got burned on another, but lets not pretend that when it happens to Conte or Major (and it will) we are all going to be wishing we had a veteran back there. As a veteran his experience would clearly pay dividends if we kept him around (as stated by bob: Led team in int last year)

  2. Russ Loede

    October 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    First, Harris led the team in picks LAST season. Neither here nor there. Done story.

    Second, this hamstring injury is obviously going to hinder his play throughout the season. Why not get a pick for him? Getting up there in age, and right now, his experience and veteran leadership are the only things going for him. Realize, no one talks about his play, only those two assets that he brings to the table.

    Lastly, consider Conte and Wright present more of an athletic brand of play at safety. We need guys that can cover ground, and at this point in time, Harris clearly lacks the ability to do so. NO MORE BIG PLAYS! I think we have a better chance of preventing big plays with Harris not on the field; whether it be on the bench as a Bear or playing for another team as result of a trade.

    Quickly, I wouldn’t mind keeping him, however, if we can get a fourth or fifth for him – let’s pull the trigger.

  3. bob

    October 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Agreed Conte and Major have the athletic ability at this point. They gonna have a learning curve obviously, but keep it simple nothing over the top first. They have the speed to make up for minor mistakes, also can come hard on the blitz. Conte just missed last week, he would have creamed QB but got picked up last sec. Both can play special teams. Harris was good last year and is a veteran presence but he doesn’t look the same this year and the hamstring doesn’t help any. Let the kids play maybe if Harris gets healthy in the next few weeks he hits the field again. Any Draft pick for him would be ideal becuase don’t see bears resigning him next year anyhow but don’t see it happening. His lack of special teams play is not doing him any favors right now, btw. Forced to hit the inactive list last week becuase of it.

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