March 4th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Recently released Tommie Harris spoke up about his departure from the Bears today. He said their is still “a chance” that he could return to the Bears after being released by them on Feb. 28th.

A return to the Bears could happen. Look at the move the Packers made yesterday when they brought back linebacker A.J. Hawk after he was released. That is clearly a different situation, but Harris could weigh his options and find a return to Chicago as a solid one.

Here is what Harris had to say today:

Asked if he would consider a return to the Bears, here is what Harris said: “I don’t burn any bridges so I would never say never.”

“I’m going to come back on my own terms, “I’m not taking the first offer that’s out there. I’m going to present myself as healthy as possible. I have not had that chance in the past, and I’m just going to come to the table when I’m ready.”

“It was just a thank you for all the fans who watched me grow, watched my failures, watched my success, watched everything,” Harris said. “As a young man in this league you really don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. You have to grow up in front of everybody, you have to mature in front of everybody.

“I just sat back and I was thinking that I came in when I was 20 years old and the city saw my failures and put me through my success, and I just wanted to thank everybody.”

“I’ve always had the most genuine love for coach [Lovie] Smith and the McCaskey family,” Harris said. “Coach Smith will always be a friend to me. There is nothing personal, man. It was just some growing pains with some things we went through, but I’m just thankful for them giving me the opportunity.”

My thoughts:

If I were the Bears I would consider bringing back Tommie Harris, he showed at the end of last season the same burst that he had during his Pro Bowl seasons. If they could sign him to a one-year deal for about $1.2 million or to a two-year deal for about $2.5 million, they could be getting a bargain. Harris would work his but off if he was given a second chance in Chicago. I would love the move for the Bears, who just gained $8 million by restructuring Julius Peppers contract.

all quotes from ESPNChicago.com

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