|Chris Harris faced the Lions in Week 6. On Friday, he joined them. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
On Thursday morning, the Bears released safety Chris Harris. A day later, he's been claimed off waivers by the Lions, according to his agent Albert Elias.
Incidentally, it was Harris' performance against Detroit in Week 6 that led to his benching. After sitting out the Vikings game, he was back on the field last Sunday in London, when Chicago beat Tampa Bay.
In Detroit, Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey will remain the starting safeties, but Harris will add depth to a secondary that lost Erik Coleman to injured reserve earlier this month, and Vince Fuller met the same fate Friday afternoon.
Harris, who led the Bears with five interceptions last season, hasn't been as productive this season and that, in part, led to his release.
“It’s the body of work,” Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times, “and just not one thing. Then it’s just a gut feeling, as a head football coach. I felt like we needed to go in a different direction. …
“We don’t all of a sudden wake up one morning and just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go this direction.’ It’s a pattern,” Smith said, “and I feel good about the decision we had to make. It is a business and, for us, it’s about production. We felt like we had some other options that we felt pretty good about, at the safety position.”
To Harris' credit, he took it all in stride, spending much of Thursday accepting well-wishes from the Twitterverse, and even he managed to get off quite possibly the best job-related tweet ever. (Upside: at least Harris wasn't stealing boxes.)
If you don't get the reference, then shame on you -- and here's a handy video clip (naughty language alert).
By claiming Harris on waivers, the Lions assume the remaining $644,000 on his contract this year. And in case you're wondering, the Lions face the Bears on November 13.
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