The Chicago Bears have placed 2010 All-Pro safety Chris Harris on waivers today. Harris was benched a few weeks ago after some missed plays against the Detroit Lions. Harris formally asked for a trade prior to the trade deadline, but the Bears could not make a deal to send him off. Somehow, Harris had gotten in the Lovie Smith dog house, but he is now free to be picked up by other teams.
Harris is currently under contract for only $1.098 million in 2011 and is a free agent in 2012. Is Harris someone that general manager Gene Smith will take a look at on the waiver wire? Harris probably wouldn't start for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as Dawan Landry and Dwight Lowery have done a nice job shoring up the safety positions. The Jaguars do like to run a 3-safety set on passing downs however, with Landry in the box. Rookie Chris Prosinski is the third safety on the field, set deep with Lowery. A player of Chris Harris' caliber could improve that look and the depth of safety overall at a relatively low cost. You could potentially also claim Harris to block someone like the Houston Texans, who are down two safeties and inquired about Harris prior to the trade deadline.