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NFL Free Agency: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Tommie Harris

Matt CoanCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Tommie Harris

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    Tommie Harris was once considered one of the best, if not the best, defensive tackles in the NFL.

    Harris had a great start to his young career by making three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons in the NFL and playing a huge role on one of the best defenses in the league.

    In six NFL season Harris has produced 27 sacks and made an impact on the game that numbers cannot define.

    Harris was a disruptive force for the Chicago Bears during his best times and his dominance was something every offensive coordinator game planning against the Bears feared.

    While Harris has been extremely unproductive the past two seasons he has been brought down by injuries he chose to play through.

    I have no doubt that Tommie Harris has some football left in him, maybe not at a Pro-Bowl level, but at a level that could benefit a number of teams in the league.

    This list will cover which teams are potential landing spots for the ex-Bear and how he could benefit them. 

Tennessee Titans

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    Tommie Harris landing with the Tennessee Titans only makes sense because of the Titans need for a defensive tackle.

    The Titans play a base 4-3 defense and Harris would fit right into their system.

    The Titans have a few young defensive linemen that could use Harris' veteran leadership and could learn a lot from the three-time Pro Bowler.

    Harris could compete for a starting job on the Titans and if healthy could end up being a poor-man's Albert Haynesworth.

    The Titans seem to be trying to rebuild their once dominant defense and Tommie Harris could be a stop-gap in a transition to younger, higher ceiling guys.

    Harris fits in nicely on the Titans and could add a lot of useful depth to their defensive line.

Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions have built their defensive line from scratch over the past few years and it looks like it is going to dominate the league for years to come.

    Ndamukong Suh is already the best defensive tackle in football and is only going into his second season.

    The Lions drafted Nick Fairley this April to put alongside Suh, creating a tandem that will sack Jay Cutler over 1,000 times.

    The only thing that could improve the Lions defensive tackles would be adding some depth and experience, two things that Tommie Harris can easily provide.

    If the Lions picked up Harris they would be getting a veteran, Pro-Bowl defensive tackle who can teach their two young defensive line studs the ropes.

    Harris could also play on some third down situations and be a great third defensive tackle.

    This would be a great move for the Lions who wouldn't have to pay Harris too much and wouldn't be taking much risk in doing so.

Carolina Panthers

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    Tommie Harris played his best football under the coaching of Ron Rivera, the man who drafted him and the man who let him run wild and put him in a position to dominate on defense.

    Rivera is now the head coach of the Carolina Panthers and knows exactly how to use Tommie Harris in the most efficient way possible.

    While I don't know for sure, I feel Harris would love to play for his old defensive coordinator again and it seems like a match made in heaven.

    The Panthers need to add talent to their team across the board and while Harris may not have any Pro Bowl seasons left in him, he does have good football left and would be an upgrade over their current defensive tackles.

    Harris would be an economically cheap way to improve the worst team in the NFL. 

New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots seem to always have an interest in players who have fallen from previous glory.

    The Patriots are always willing to take risks on players and seem to always get something out of everyone they sign.

    They have already added the troubled Albert Haynesworth this off season and while they have plenty of depth on the defensive line, Bill Belichick may still want to take the risk.

    The Patriots have made a few roster moves that have had people wondering if they are someday going to change their defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3, and if they are planning on doing that Harris could be a nice fit.

    Albert Haynesworth, Vince Wilfork and Tommie Harris would be one helluva defensive tackle trio and there is no doubt Bill Belichick would find a way to use them all.

    Harris may be at the point of his career where he is done being a starter and signing to be the third defensive tackle on a team in constant Super Bowl contention isn't a bad career move.

Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts have showed an interest in signing Tommie Harris since early April and seem to be the front runner in signing him.

    Harris would fit right into their defense and would be a nice addition to an already very good defensive line.

    The Colts have been trying to put talent next to their Pro Bowl defensive ends for a long time and Harris may finally be the guy to fill the void at tackle.

    This is the most realistic and most likely landing spot for Harris and would be a good move for both parties.

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