Lions Claim Chris Harris

Lions have reportedly claimed former Bears safety Chris Harris off the waiver wire according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chicago Bears released safety Chris Harris last Thursday after he asked for a trade.

Coach Love Smith indicated that they had been moving in the direction of making this move over several weeks, “We don’t all of a sudden wake up one morning and just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go this direction.’”

“It’s a pattern and I feel good about the decision that we had to make.”

Harris has been having a rough season.  He got beaten for a TD pass and dropped a potential interception last week against Tampa Bay.

“We have young guys that we have in our starting lineup that we like,” Smith said.  “We’ll see how they play. We feel pretty confident that they’ll play good football.”

Former teammates were surprised at the move, and DB D.J. Moore thought asking for a trade probably didn’t help Harris.

“I feel like once you say, ‘OK, I want a trade, I want something like that,’ somebody (with the team) is feeling like he’s trying to one-up me or something,” Moore said.  “It might be one of those things.”

Smith insisted it was a personnel move and not a message to other players about requesting trades.

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