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Former Chicago Bear Chris Harris Announces Retirement

Twice-former Bear Chris Harris announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night. How would the Bears' safety situation unfolded had they not traded Harris prior to this third season?

Rick Stewart

Former Chicago Bear Chris Harris announced his retirement from the NFL on his Twitter account last night; quite fitting, if you think about it.

Harris' career consisted of eight years in the league with two stints as a Bear, beginning his career as a sixth-round draft pick in 2005 out of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. After two years, Harris was traded to the Panthers for a 2008 fifth-round pick in training camp of the 2007 season. The next year, he was rewarded by the Panthers with a four-year extension. The Bears sent Jamar Williams over to the Panthers to reacquire Harris for a season and a half.

Harris was waived in October 2011 and claimed by the Lions to close out 2011; he signed with the Jaguars for a month in 2012 before being released.

Harris' career numbers close out with one sack, sixteen interceptions and 14 forced fumbles; as a Bear in 44 games, he picked up ten of his sixteen interceptions and one forced fumble. In 2007 with the Panthers, he forced eight fumbles, and twelve overall as a Panther.

Best of luck in retirement, Hitman.

How do you think the Bears' safety situation would have unfolded had the Bears not traded Harris nor signed Adam Archuleta?