The Chicago Bears have been roundly criticized for their struggles at safety during the Lovie Smith era.
To wit, the team has changed starting safeties (free and strong) 41 times since Smith took over in 2004, enough of a revolving door that we’re a little bothered by the fact that Matt Bowen didn’t get to take a turn.
Well, in five days the Bears have done quite a bit about it. First, the team drafted Florida’s Major Wright in the third round on Friday, the first pick the Bears had in the draft. Today, the Bears traded with the Carolina Panthers to bring back veteran safety, a player the Bears originally drafted in the sixth round in 2005. Harris started for two seasons for the Bears before he was traded. He comes back to the Bears as they send linebacker Jamar Williams, who was a restricted free agent, to the Panthers.
“I’m excited because I have always had a place in my heart for the Bears,” Harris told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the team I started with. I think it’s awesome.
“I don’t think I need a playbook. I know the defense. I’m ready to go.”
Harris projects to take over at strong safety and the Bears are hoping that Wright will start as a rookie at free safety. Their pairing will hopefully end the carousel at the position for the organization.
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