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Thursday, February 24, 2011
BBAO: The future of Tommie Harris

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune points out an important decision facing the Chicago Bears whenever a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is reached: What to do with defensive tackle Tommie Harris, whose bloated contract is no longer supported by his play on the field.

As Biggs notes, Harris is due a $2.5 million roster bonus before training camp and has a $2.312 million base salary in 2011. He also could earn up to $500,000 in workout bonuses. In addition, I can tell you that his salary cap number would be $11.115 million if the NFL returns to a capped system as most of us suspect it will.

So there are a number of financial factors that could compel the Bears either to part ways with Harris or renegotiate his contract before training camp. To be fair, he was a part-time starter last season and is years removed from his days as an elite interior force.

There is much more to be told on this story, but none of it will matter until we have a new CBA.

Continuing around the NFC North on the first day of media availability at the annual scouting combine: