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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Chris Harris says Steve Smith a fit with Bears

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Owners have just voted to approve their proposal to settle the labor dispute. Player representatives are expected to take part in a conference call later Thursday night.

If a deal is reached by both sides, the lockout could be lifted and that opens all sorts of possibilities. As we wait for the players to have their conference call, let’s take a look at one possibility that could come if the lockout is lifted.

Chicago safety Chris Harris said he’d like to see Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith join the Bears. There have been rumors throughout the offseason that Smith may want a trade. But no trades are allowed in a lockout.

The Bears are one of several teams who have been tied via speculation to Smith. But the Harris angle adds some credibility. Harris spent three seasons as Smith’s teammate in Carolina and the two have worked out together this offseason.

Team officials have said if Smith wants to be traded after the lockout they’ll try to accommodate him. But those officials also have said they will only let Smith go if they can get a decent compensation package that could include draft picks or players.