ESPN Chicago reporter Michael C. Wright tweeted the news Monday morning:
"Bears S Chris Harris will formally request trade today."
The Bears opted to start Major Wright and rookie Chris Conte at safety Monday night, regulating Harris to the bench. The veteran safety struggled in the Bears loss to the Lions a week ago after returning from a hamstring injury. Harris was inactive, while fellow benched safety Brandon Meriweather suited up but didn't play.
The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 18, so the Bears and Harris don't have much time to find a suitor. No rumored deals were available as of Monday afternoon.
Here are three teams who might be interested in Harris.
The Eagles got three interceptions from Kurt Coleman on Sunday, but they've played musical chairs with their safeties and could use a veteran presence. ESPN's Adam Schefter speculated that the Eagles should look to obtain Brian Dawkins back from the Broncos, but he was never deemed available. Harris most certainly is.
Harris spent three years in Carolina between 2007 and 2009, starting 44 games for the Panthers during that stretch. The Panthers have been active in adding pieces to their defense, and Harris could bring another veteran to a group that has struggled against the pass in 2011.
The Patriots defense has admittedly played better in recent weeks, so there might not be a need for a safety right now. New England still has holes at the position, however, and Bill Belichick will add an available veteran if he thinks it could help the Pats.