Bears’ Chris Harris Released

(CBS) Chris Harris’ time with the Bears has come to an end, and he is calling it “one of the lowest points” in his career.

Harris has confirmed that was told by Coach Lovie Smith Thursday morning that he was being released, after he started in the Bears’ 24-18 victory over Tampa Bay in London with Major Wright nursing a hip injury.

LISTEN: Harris talks with WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss

After he was benched for a poor performance in a Monday night loss to the Lions, Harris was inactive for the following game against the Vikings.

Harris told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss that Coach Smith was straightforward in breaking the news.

“He told me they were going to go with the other safeties; the younger safeties; they were moving in that direction, so he told me I was being released,” Harris said. “It really didn’t come as a shock to me. I prepared myself for every possible situation.”

Harris said the news was a hard blow.

“I’m going to say this is as low as it gets. It’s one of the lowest points in my career,” he said. “But I look at everything – I’m smiling at the opportunities,” Harris said. “I hope to get a chance to go to another team, hopefully.”

Harris would not comment on what was missing from his own performance in the game.

“I don’t ask any questions. It was what it was. It is what it is,” he said. “I just roll with it.”

Shortly before the trade deadline, Harris had requested to be traded from the Bears, but was ultimately still on the roster after the deadline had passed.

Harris confirmed the report via Twitter.!/ChrisHarrisNFL/status/129552333976768512

More from The Spiegel And Mannelly Show
  • Goy's Tooth

    Strong against the run…I really hope the Bears have someone to replace him if Wright goes down again.

  • Gunther

    Merriweather should be the one to go.

    • Jeremy Carnahan

      I agree with Gunther…To add to that, the other safeties have proven nothing over #46 in my opinion, but for him not to ask about his performance in the last game is a bit concerning. I’d want to know what brought the team to this decision.

  • George Oscar Bluth

    Anyone pretending that this materially hurts the Bears’ chances of success the rest of the way is an idiot. The guy was horrible this year, and he runs his mouth constantly. Good riddance.

  • Creighton

    He has been pretty bad. Meriweather and Wright have been worse, but it’s not like any of them is going to boost the position. Conte continues to play 25 yards off the line in an effort not to expose him. Was only in on 4 pass plays against the bucs.

  • Thayer: Bye Week Will Provide Much-Needed Rest For Bears Veterans « CBS Chicago

    […] Thayer also weighed in on the release of safety Chris Harris, in favor of younger players. Harris was released Thursday morning by Coach Lovie Smith, after he started in the Bears’ 24-18 victory over Tampa Bay in London with Major Wright nursing a hip injury. […]

  • Adam McElwain

    Harris is slow and bad in coverage. He simply doesn’t bring much to the table and I will not miss him.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live