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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tommie Harris worth a shot for the Colts

By Paul Kuharsky

Earlier Tuesday, I spelled out why linebacker Ernie Sims sounds like a Colt.

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We’ll do the same here for former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says will be the team’s third veteran free-agent addition.

Here’s Scouts Inc.’s report on Harris.
“Harris has average size for an interior defender but has excellent athleticism and deceptive strength to be effective in the trenches. He utilizes his quickness and lateral agility to penetrate gaps at the point of attack. He needs to play with great pad level to anchor effectively when defending the run. Harris uses active hands and quick counter moves to provide pressure when rushing the passer. He is a solid reactor as blocking schemes unfold feeling pad pressure on contact. Harris provides experience, leadership and consistent play as an interior NFL defender.”

This sounds like a write-up that Chris Polian might scribble out if asked for positional description for a Colts interior lineman.

Some think Harris, who is 28 and has eight years in the league, is already finished after he was a nonfactor for the Bears last season.

I doubt he’s getting big money, however, or more than a year. Which means the Colts get either a player who’s an upgrade or one they can let go with little consequence.

The primary interior line guys now are Fili Moala, Antonio Johnson, third-round draft pick Drake Nevis and Harris. Jamaal Anderson, the other veteran outsider who was brought in, is an end but could get a bit of a look inside, too.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. was surprised to learn of the move, and likes it.

"Perfect fit," he said. "Pure upfield 3-technique, and was the prototype early in his career. Great mentor to Drake Nevis."