02-28-2011, 04:05 PM #101
Except for his attitude problems a couple of years back he seems to always been a decent sort and Lovie was one of his biggest fans. I wish him well in the future but he's right, his race here has been run. Time for a change both for him and the Bears. Like I said the guy could have been one of the all time greats but his injuries and less than sterling effort these last two years made this day a fair certainty.
Originally Posted by BigClaws
Good Luck Tommie Harris. I'll always remember the best of your playing days, not the worst!
02-28-2011, 04:05 PM #102
Originally Posted by WindyCity
My guy (pun intended) from my alma mater ASU, Lawrence Guy.
Chris Neild-played NT in college, but has the motor and penetration skills for UT in our system.
Nevis, whom you know, would be fantastic in the second, but he won't last that long.
Jarvis Jenkins helped Bowers every bit as much as Bowers helped him.
Jurell Casey came out a year early and that could work in our favor with his stock now in the mid rounds.
Terrell McClain beasted at the Shrine game and turned a lot of heads. Dude is intense! One of my favorite overall sleepers in the draft.
Also, I would definitely be for grabbing Marvin Austin in the second. I honest to god could give two shits less about what he was suspended for (agent contact/gifts) and he is a legit first round talent. I know, everyone hates the "first round talent dropping because of X," here, but this kid is for real.
Oh yeah, I forgot Allen Bailey who I really see as a UT in the NFL.
Last edited by lklrlolnlilklsox; 02-28-2011 at 04:18 PM.
02-28-2011, 04:20 PM #103
LOL, I hope not. At least not until the 5th or 6th round. Izzy, Peppers and Wootten make a nice rotation and since Melton can play both inside and out we should be pretty well set at DE.
Originally Posted by short faced bear
02-28-2011, 04:23 PM #104
You have a short memory span don't ya? lol
Originally Posted by soulman
02-28-2011, 04:42 PM #105
02-28-2011, 10:13 PM #106
Bears release Tommie Harris and others
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo held true to his statement Friday about the club's plan to make several roster moves this week.
The Bears announced the release of defensive tackle Tommie Harris on Monday, and terminated the contracts of linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and offensive lineman Kevin Shaffer.
Interestingly, Bears coach Lovie Smith said at the NFL scouting combine last week that Harris fit into the club's plans for 2011. Apparently that wasn't the case.
"That's just a part of our business,'' Smith told the Chicago Tribune. "Of course, Tommie is my first recruit. But at the same time, we're both moving in different directions. Tommie still has a future. He's just going to have it with someone else.''
Harris, the 14th overall selection in the 2004 draft, made three Pro Bowls with the Bears. He started 90 of 104 career games for the Bears in seven seasons, but was released in part because of underperformance in 2010, finishing with just 18 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in six starts. Harris was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June.
"I kind of knew. It's nothing personal," Harris told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I want to thank the McCaskeys. I want to tell my fans I love them, and I'm going to miss the city and my teammates. I think it's one of the best locker rooms in the NFL."
Hillenmeyer, the Bears' alternate union representative, spent eight seasons in Chicago, starting in 69 of 101 games, and contributing 458 tackles, and seven sacks. Issues with concussions ended the linebacker's 2010 campaign.
Hillenmeyer suffered a concussion during the Bears' third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, and missed the exhibition finale. The linebacker returned to practice for the team's preparation for the season opener against Detroit, and fell ill during the first half of that game.
The Bears placed Hillenmeyer on the injured reserve on Sept. 14, and according to a league source familiar with the situation, the linebacker expected to be released.
Shaffer played 32 games for the Bears over two seasons, starting in seven contests, including two last season. A nine-year veteran, Shaffer has started in 93 career games in stints with the Bears, Falcons, and Browns.
The release of Harris, 27, signifies somewhat of a youth movement along the defensive line. The Bears signed three-year veteran Matt Toeaina -- who started 10 games in Harris' place last season -- to a three-year extension in December, and appear to be working to sign unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Anthony Adams to an extension.
Angelo considers this year's class of defensive tackles to be one of the strongest positions in the April draft.
"I made the statement that the defensive line position is very good again this year," Angelo said. "It's probably as good or better than last year in part because of the underclassmen at that position."
One of those underclassmen could be former Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who decided to forgo his senior year to enter the draft.
Harris indicated at the end of the regular season that he expected to return to the team in 2011. Angelo, meanwhile, was noncommittal on Harris' future Friday when the subject was broached during a meeting with reporters in his hotel suite in Indianapolis at the NFL combine.
"As I said, we made our determinations on what we need to do," Angelo said. "When you talk about players, you're always talking about their contracts. You're talking about their performance. You're talking about their attitude and how it applies to the team, and [that] in a simplified way is our formula on what we do with every player. It's a filter we go through, and then whatever we determine, we'll announce it at the appropriate time."
Harris was set to receive nearly $3 million in bonuses before training camp. He was scheduled to receive a 2011 base salary of $2.312 million.
"I think my best football is ahead of me," Harris told the Sun-Times. "I haven't hit my prime yet. I didn't start feeling good until the end of the season."
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
02-28-2011, 10:21 PM #107
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
02-28-2011, 10:24 PM #108
Some mocks have had the Bears drafting Liuget but others say he will be gone before the Bears #29 pick. If we get the Oline help we need in FA or don't get a shot at Carimi I hope we can get the guy even if it means moving up. Not a typical Angelo move yet one he should consider since he's lost out on the top guy on his board more than once during his tenure.
02-28-2011, 11:05 PM #109
wasn't this a for gone conclusion? Anyone suprised by any of this?
03-01-2011, 12:35 AM #110
Partly surprised with HH, i figured they would see if he was healthy for 2011, but i guess they still have concerns about that. Sad to see you go HH, youve been a real solid player for us.
Originally Posted by Riczaj01
High Fives / Like - 1 BEAR DOWN!, 0 Dislikes