Watching youngsters Major Wright and Chris Conte start and play well last night didn’t seem to brighten Chris Harris’s mood.
Harris, a veteran safety, has been shaken up with a hamstring injury, but has returned in and out of the lineup.
Him and fellow veteran Brandon Meriweather were benched in favor of Wright and Conte for last night’s game.
Meriweather suited up, but Harris didn’t. Head coach Lovie Smith’s decision to bench the veteran Harris was based on production and special teams play.
Smith didn’t believe Harris could contribute on special teams, hence the inactive status.
Harris had this to say on “The Waddle and Silvy Show” today on ESPN 1000:
“I requested a trade, I sure did,” Harris said. “I don’t know if I’ll be traded or not. I’ve definitely requested one, and the trade deadline is tomorrow, so that’s a very small window of time, so it’s not to say anything is going to be done.
“And if nothing is done, I’ll be here in Chicago for the remainder of this season. If my number gets called again, I’ll go out there and ball out and it will be what it is.”
This talk from Harris only confirms the report that was coming from the Chicago Tribune that the Bears were allowing him to explore a trade before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Harris was looking for an extension prior to the season, but felt he wasn’t part of their future plans when they didn’t take care of him this offseason.
Its crazy to think how fast he went from a vital part of the defense to a player who can be replaced.
If the Bears do find a trade partner for Harris, the team acquiring him would be responsible for about $700,000 of his $1.095 million salary.
The Arizona Cardinals or Indianapolis Colts, who have injuries in their secondaries, could be in the market for Harris.