Ex-Chicago Bears Safety Chris Harris Lands with Rival Detroit Lions

Jay FloydContributor IIOctober 28, 2011

BOURBONNAIS, IL - AUGUST 06:  Chris Harris #46 of the Chicago Bears smiles as fans sing 'Happy Birthday' as he walks to a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on August 6, 2011 in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris Thursday morning and discovered Friday that he's headed to Detroit.

This is the second time the Bears have sent the former Pro Bowler packing. They traded him to Carolina in 2008 before reacquiring him in 2010. 

Harris became expendable (again) after Major Wright and Chris Conte claimed the starting jobs. The Bears believe Brandon Meriweather can provide depth and play both safety positions.  

By claiming him off waivers, the Lions will pay the remaining $644,000 on his salary.

Harris never appeared to recover from a hamstring injury suffered against Atlanta in the first week of the season, but he doesn't look back.

After his release, he said, "I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I'm going to keep moving on. There's nothing that can happen to me that can get my spirits down."

If Harris assumes a starting job with the Lions—and odds are he will—then he'll face the Bears on November 13 at Soldier Field.

Harris may have no hard feelings, saying, "There was no bad blood, at least not on my end.''

With the Bears already plotting revenge for the loss in Detroit, don't be surprised if Cutler and the offense try to go deep against their former teammate.

And don't be surprised if Harris is expecting it, either.