Chicago Bears: Chris Harris Trade Request Serves as a Warning Sign

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears watches warm-ups before a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on September 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Benched Chicago Bears' safety Chris Harris plans to formally request a trade later on Monday after being placed inactive for the Bears win Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings

ESPN reports that sources close to the situation say Harris plans to use Monday to request a trade with hopes the club can move him by the Tuesday trade deadline. 

Harris is in the final year of his contract, where he took a pay cut, and has not received any signs from the organization that he is a part of their future. 

Lovie's benching of Harris is a warning sign. 

The safeties the Bears went with in Sunday's win, Conte and Wright, are inexperienced and way too young to succeed at a high level just yet. 

Major Wright has showed problems with dropping back in coverage assignments and misses assignments much more than the one Harris did versus the Detroit Lions

Chris Conte is unproven, young and underdeveloped compared to Pro Bowl safety Merriweather and All-pro safety Harris. 

The safety position is one of the thinnest positions on the roster. Winston Venable and Craig Steltz are the only two safeties on the entire Bears' roster.

If Meriweather, who was a Pro Bowler just last season, and Harris, who was All-pro last season, are not in the team's plans for the immediate future this should serve as a warning sign for multiple reasons. 

The Bears aren't rebuilding. There is no reason to be working in Conte and keeping Harris inactive. 

If the Bears want to win in the near future, Lovie and his staff need to quit being inflexible and ready their team to win week in and week out. 

I'm looking at you, Tampa Bay cover-two defense.