LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Dezmon Briscoe #89 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown as Chris Harris #46 of the Chicago Bears tackles during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Chris Harris Claimed By Lions Off Waivers

The Bears released safety Chris Harris earlier this week and he was claimed off waivers by the Lions. He'll face his former team on Nov. 13.

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Chris Harris Claimed Off Waiver Wire By Detroit Lions

The Chicago Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris earlier this week and, after the trade deadline, all players released hit the waiver wire which means every NFL team has a shot at claiming them. According to ESPN, the Detroit Lions claimed Harris off waivers.

This means Harris (and his contract) now join the Lions. If he had gone unclaimed he would've been a free agent and eligible to sign with any team.

Harris was benched by the Bears two weeks ago and requested a trade a week later. He was granted permission to see one but never found a trade partner, and the Bears ultimately released him.

Harris started his career with the Bears as a sixth round pick in the 2005 NFL draft. He spent a couple seasons in Chicago before getting traded to the Panthers and, two years later, back to the Bears.

Harris and his new team, the Lions, play the Bears on Nov. 13. Check out SB Nation's Pride of Detroit for more on the news. 

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Chris Harris Released By Bears After Benching, Trade Request

The Chicago Bears released safety Chris Harris on Wednesday completing a roller coaster ride the last few weeks for the 29-year old veteran.

It started two weeks ago when the Bears benched both of their starting safeties, Harris and Brandon Meriweather. That apparently didn't sit well with Harris who requested permission (which he was granted) to seek a trade from the Bears the following week.

The trade deadline came and went and Harris was not traded. He said he would continue to honor his contract with the Bears and stay in Chicago.

The Bears had others plans announcing on Thursday that he's been released.

Harris now hits the waiver wire where every NFL team will have an opportunity to claim him (and his contract). If he goes unclaimed, he becomes a free agent and available to sign with any team.

Check out SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron where Bears fans are weighing in on the move.

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Chris Harris Has Permission To Seek Trade From Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears last week benched both of their starting safeties, Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather. In Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, Harris was deactivated which means he didn't play. If you're wondering if that's a precursor to a trade, then you may be right.

ESPN reports that Harris planned to formally request a trade from the Bears.

Harris' representatives, according to the source, had reached out to general manager Jerry Angelo and contract negotiator Cliff Stein for formal permission. When they hadn't heard back immediately, Harris planned to request permission to seek a trade himself Monday, the source said.

Harris' agent has confirmed that report and writes on Twitter that the Bears have indeed granted him permission to seek a trade. The NFL trade deadline comes on Tuesday so Harris and his agent have a little over 24 hours to find a trade partner. 

Check out SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron to see what Bears fans think of Harris' trade request. 

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Bears Bench Safeties' Brandon Meriweather, Chris Harris

Safeties Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather are being benched in favor of two younger safeties, according to a report.

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