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Al Harris a free agent

No NFL team claimed former Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris on waivers, according to the National Football Post, and he is now a free agent and available to sign anywhere at any time.

In retrospect, it makes perfect sense to pass on a waiver claim for a 35-year-old cornerback a year removed from major knee surgery. Any interested team can bring Harris in for a physical and/or workout before signing him.

The Post, which counts Harris’ agent as a founding partner, reported that six teams are interested and several are already in negotiations. One NFC North was among the original interested parties. I'm guessing it was the Detroit Lions, who released cornerback Jonathan Wade on Tuesday to make room for new place-kicker Dave Rayner. Starting cornerback Chris Houston is dealing with a dislocated shoulder.

There has been some speculation that the Vikings would be interested, but coach Brad Childress downplayed that possibility Monday. So did Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. Stay tuned.