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Veteran Safety Chris Harris Released by Bears

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Only 5 days after starting against the Tampa Bay Bucs in London, Chris Harris has been released by the Bears. Vaugn McClure of the Chicago Tribune was the first to report the news on Twitter this morning with the following tweets...

League sources tell me Bears veteran safety Chris Harris has been released.

Harris just started for the Bears against Tampa Bay. He asked for and was granted permission to seek a trade, but decided to stick it out.

This report lined up perfectly with the team announcing they brought in 2 safeties for workouts this week. Former 2nd round pick in 2009 Darcell Bath and Tom Nelson. It appears to be the doing of Chris Harris, why would the Bears willingly release Harris when the guy they scrape around for to replace him as the back-up won't even be half as good? 

While not knowing what is going on behind the scenes at Halas Hall, my gut is telling me it isn't a blunder by the front office. This sounds like it's completely driven by the player. The Bears have had some blunders in the past but releasing a starting safety 5 days after he made a solid start isn't on the list. 

Just 5 days ago Chris Harris had an average game, nothing good or nothing bad. He compiled 3 tackles on the day. 

Chris Harris confirmed it on his twitter when he tweeted the following....

I was just released this morning by the Bears. Thank u for the opp to play football n do what I luv. I'm looking toward my next venture