Bears release veteran safety Chris Harris

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Chris Harris in recent weeks and now the Chicago Bears have asked him to exit the ride.

The veteran safety was released this morning, four days after he started in the team’s 24-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune broke the news.

Less than a week before starting against the Bucs, Harris approached the Bears and requested a trade, a move that didn’t go over well in the front office. He had been benched and was inactive the week before that after Harris started in a loss at Detroit when the Lions had an 88-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard touchdown pass.

The veteran safety was in his second stint with the Bears. They traded to re-acquire him following the 2010 draft and he started 16 games last season. Harris believed he would receive a contract extension after the lockout ended. Instead, he’s now looking for work.

The Bears had six players at Halas Hall for tryouts on Wednesday, including two safeties, Tom Nelson and Darcel McBath, the second round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2009. Indications are the Bears could sign Nelson, who lives in nearby Arlington Heights, Ill., and played at Illinois State. He spent the previous two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He made that team as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

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