Monday, August 1, 2011
Pats Bringing In Former Bears' DT Tommie Harris
Every training camp for the past few years has had reports of the Patriots moving from the 3-4 over to the 4-3 but then it's doesn't happen... well maybe this time it actually is.
The Patriots are bringing in former Bears DT Tommie Harris. Harris is 28 year old 3x Pro Bowler, but has had problems over the past couple seasons.
In 2008 Harris was suspended a game for "conduct detrimental to the team". In 2009 he was benched, then suspended by the league for throwing a punch in game against the Cardinals. He was benched for a Monday Night Football game in 2010 due to lack of production, and over the past 5 seasons he's been hampered with knee injuries.
Harris only played 6 regular season games in 2010, putting up only 1.5 Sacks and 9 Tackles. But Tommie would go on to have a nice postseason, against the Seahawks he matched his season total of sacks with 1.5. Despite the promising performance in the Playoffs, Chicago decided that his 2.4 Million Dollar bonus was too much for a player seemingly on the decline.
In New England Harris wouldn't have the expectations of the 12 overall pick with 3 Pro Bowls, he could just be another (huge) able body along the Patriots defensive front. A front that has already seen the addition of former All-World DT Albert Haynesworth, who had similar character issues as Harris.
If I was Bill Belichick, and was trying to switch over to a 4 man defensive front... I think i'd be quite pleased with having Haynesworth (6'6", 320 lbs), Harris (6'3", 300 lbs), and Wilfork (6'2", 325lbs) on my team.