Friday, October 1, 2010

Tommie Harris' benching could cost him money

Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris' deactivation on Monday night may have been a blow to Harris' wallet in addition to his pride.

Harris has a clause in his contract that gives him $1.5 million if he makes the Pro Bowl or plays in 74% of his team's defensive snaps, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times notes.  That's a difficult level of participation to reach for any defensive tackle, much less one than misses an entire game.

Harris' future in Chicago remains up in the air.  The three-time Pro Bowler is due a $2.5 million roster bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus on June 1, 2011.  He'll have to turn around his play significantly to earn that money.

The immediate future for Harris also looks uncertain.  While coach Lovie Smith won't commit to playing Harris this week, at least one veteran Bears observer -- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune -- believes Harris will get back on the field this Sunday night against the Giants.

source: PFT
author: Gregg Rosenthal

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