Bears Released DT Tommie Harris
March 1, 2011 Leave a comment
Yesterday, the Chicago Bears announced the team has released three players, headlined by three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris (ESPN News Link).
The Bears made Harris the 14th overall selection in the 2004 draft and starred as the anchor of a strong defensive line in his seven seasons in Chicago. However, Harris’ performance slipped to a career low in tackles (13) and sacks (1.5). Harris was due to receive a hefty $2.5 million roster bonus in June if he were to stay on the roster. In his career, Harris has posted 213 tackles and 28.5 sacks while helping the Bears maintain a top defense in each of his seven seasons in uniform.
Only 27, there will be plenty of other teams in the NFL willing to take a risk on a former three-time Pro Bowl talent such as Tommie Harris. He has experience playing in both a 4-3 and a 3-4 defense, and that versatility will serve him well with whichever team chases him in free agency.
For the Bears, the move signifies the team’s desire to go with youth up front on the defensive line and acknowledges just how deep the incoming draft class is for defensive lineman. The Bears have already locked down three-year veteran defensive tackle Matt Toeaina to a contract extension, and seek to do the same with unrestricted free agent Anthony Adams. General manager Jerry Angelo has stated that he looks to add depth via the draft in April, so more help is coming for the Bears defense.