Chris Harris would like to see Bears add Steve Smith

It seems everyone these days has an idea who the Chicago Bears should seek out to play wide receiver.

Name a free agent wide receiver, a player that might be a free agent, a player that might be traded. They’ve all been linked to the Bears as a solution for quarterback Jay Cutler. Plaxico Burress was still wearing jailhouse stripes and he was mentioned.

Now, Bears safety Chris Harris has added his opinion to the fold. In a conversation on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago, the Bears safety said he’s sold the city to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith as a landing spot. It’s been widely speculated the Panthers will look to trade Smith, 32, when the lockout ends and provide themselves with something to aid in the rebuilding process.

Smith is reportedly interested in going to San Diego or Baltimore, but it’s not like it’s his choice in this matter.

If the opportunity is there why not?” Harris. “You can never have enough big time playmakers on your team.”

Harris has worked out with Smith this offseason and said the receiver is in fine shape. They played together in Carolina for three seasons, but the club bottomed out at 2-14 last season and will have a rookie quarterback in Cam Newton.

“I think we have great receivers in the system we have,” Harris said. “They made the thing work last year. I’ve heard the rumors, Santana Moss, I’ve heard all those rumors.

“(Smith) is an excellent guy. He’s a guy that wants to win at all cost. He’s a competitor. He’s one of those scrappy kind of players you love to have on your team.”

Sounds like Harris needs to be talking to Bears general manager Jerry Angelo.

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