As first reported by Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears have released veteran safety Chris Harris Thursday morning.
Harris was on his way out the door following a poor performance against the Detroit Lions, after which he was benched and inactive for the Vikings game. He tweeted his dissatisfaction with the coaching staff for not holding “everyone” accountable and that probably peeved some in the organization. He later tweeted that he felt it was clear that he was not in the team’s future plans.
After learning of his demotion, Harris attempted to force his way out of town by asking the Bears’ permission to seek a trade to a team for whom he could play, but the Bears were not able to find any suitors. Harris wound up starting against the Buccaneers in London on Sunday because of a hip injury to Major Wright, but he dropped an interception and blew coverage on a fourth-quarter touchdown that narrowed the Bears’ lead to three points.
Harris spent two stints with the team totaling three and a half years. The Bears valued his knowledge of the defensive system and veteran leadership, but not enough to offset his declining athleticism and skills.