On why he chose Indianapolis, Harris said:
Carolina and Indy were the other two options. I just wanted to be familiar with the system and be pretty much under the same tree as Lovie was. To get as close as possible to it and I got it with the Colts and Coach Caldwell.
A key point for Colts fans is that Harris is familiar with the defense. So a worry that faces most free agents joining a new team in this lockout-shortened offseason, learning a new playbook, does not apply to Harris with the Colts.
On playing between Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis:
I had an opportunity to play with a great defensive end in Peppers and Israel Idonije and now to have an opportunity to play with Mathis and Freeney, it’s like I’m just switching uniforms.
If Harris can stay healthy, he will be a great addition to the Colts pass rush, which is basically Freeney and Mathis.
Speaking of health, Harris spoke about how injuries have affected him:
Most definitely, but I find a way to get my job done. When you have this opportunity, and I’m so fortunate for this lockout, to have this opportunity to see what you really can get done in about six months that we really had off, I’m confident to see how I’m gonna do out there.
On how the lockout helped him:
It just gave me an opportunity to really strengthen things that I didn’t have confidence in. When you go into a season, people really don’t know that we really have a month or almost two months off before we get right back at it. Before you have other guys touching on you, poking on you, and telling you that they can fix this and they can fix that. To have an opportunity to have all my specialists look at me and check me out and everybody put together a game plan, a person that doesn’t work for the team, but really works for you, that you paid, that’s the type of deal we went through and it helped a lot.
Mildly encouraging for Colts fans, but only time will tell if Harris can stay on the field.
On his expectations on playing for the Colts:
I don’t even know the whole deal, but I don’t expect anything to be given to me. One thing I just want to be a part of their number. I don’t come in trying to demand anything. I just want to present what I can do and let that take care of itself.
During his first few years in the league, Harris was one of the most dominating defensive tackles in the league. Injuries to his hamstring and knee, as well as a place in coach Lovie Smith’s doghouse, hampered his performance in his final few years in Chicago. The Colts picked him up earlier this week on a one-year deal worth $900,000. They hope he can regain some of that old form, and contribute to an area of need the Colts have not been able to fill in quite some time.