How good of a season is Chris Harris having with the Carolina Panthers?
The ex-Bears safety just got credit for a forced fumble on Monday for a hit on Houston tight end Owen Daniels in Week 2.
Talk about a jarring shot. Turns out the league had credited Harris with the force all along even though Carolina coaches had given it to fellow safety Deke Cooper.
Harris leads the league with eight forced fumbles, a Panthers’ record, and needs one more to tie the league mark for a single season. He’s also tops among safeties in the league in tackles.
The Bears’ sixth-round pick in 2005 has put himself in position for a lucrative second contract with the Panthers as he turned a real problem area for their defense into a strength. Harris is not a free agent until after the 2008 season, but could be approached in the offseason about a new deal considering the club’s investment of a draft pick in him.
It sure makes sending him to Carolina for a fifth-round pick all the worse considering the struggles of Adam Archuleta. Brandon McGowan has been better the last two games at strong safety, but he had his struggles earlier on as well. Rest assured safety will be a top priority heading into the offseason.
It was supposed to be an area of strength this year, that's why Jerry Angelo dealt away Harris. Mike Brown got injured, Archuleta never panned out, Danieal Manning was yo-yoed about the secondary, promising rookie Kevin Payne got hurt and McGowan struggled initially.
Has there been a bigger miscalculation?