October 28th, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Bears released safety Chris Harris yesterday. Today he was claimed off waivers by the division rival Detroit Lions.

Harris heads to the 5-2 Lions, who defeated the Bears back in Week Five. In that game, Harris was beat by Lions WR Calvin Johnson for a 73-yard touchdown pass.

He will likely compete with strong safety Amari Spievey, who has three interceptions so far this season. Spievey has an interception in the last two games for Detroit.

With free safety Louis Delmas also in the lineup, it could be tough for Harris to get time on the field. But he brings experience and first hand knowledge of a lot of Detroits’ opponents.

It will be interesting to see how much they use Harris for the last stretch of the season.

Expect a welcoming return to Soldier Field for Harris, when the Lions come to town in Week 10. Harris will be reunited with former Bear Rashied Davis in Detroit.

The 29-year old veteran safety Harris will get to show what he has left in him in Detroit.

This could turn out to be a smart decision by Bears head coach Lovie Smith or a very bad one considering how young the current safeties are.

If Harris succeeds in Detroit, the fingers will be pointed at the person at fault, head coach Lovie Smith. If not, Smith will be able to move on from the this with more confidence as a coach.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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