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?