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Aside from Brandon Meriweather's talent, the Chicago Bears made a good decision regarding their future at the safety position with this signing.
The starter opposite of Major Wright is nine-year veteran Chris Harris. Harris has been a solid player for the Bears in recent years, posting a career-high five interceptions in 2010. However, at the age of 29, one has to question how long Harris can keep up this level of play.
Harris will most likely avoid a major decline for at least two years. However, he is a free agent after this season, and the Bears have not initiated any talks of an extension for their starting safety. They may not be willing to commit to Harris for more than another year or two.
Signing Meriweather gives the Bears some flexibility at the position next summer. If Major Wright continues to progress and turn into a long-term option, the Bears could opt to let Harris go in the offseason and replace him with Meriweather, who is only 27 years old and in the midst of his prime as a player.