Tommie Harris is set to do some good in his hometown this weekend.
The Bears defensive tackle will be honored at a dinner Friday in Killeen, Texas, where Sara White, the widow of Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, will speak.
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the Tommie Harris Fitness Center at the city’s family recreation center. Harris will conduct a free youth football clinic.
So, there you have it, some non-police blotter Bears news that comes from off the gridiron.
Harris is one of a handful of players angling for a new contract this offseason. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract. Adam Schefter at the NFL Network took an early look at the free agency class of 2009 and put Harris right near the top at No. 3. Of course, those things can change when players work out extensions and others are slapped with the franchise tag at the beginning of next offseason. But Schefter came to the conclusion that it’s a talented bunch, much deeper than this year’s class.
Harris’ agent Drew Rosenhaus visited town this spring in efforts to secure an extension, but that didn’t pan out.
The Bears worked all last spring to get cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher signed longterm. Both agreed to deals as training camp approached. Look for that to perhaps happen in the case of some of the Bears seeking new deals, including Harris. Training camp is when the threat of injury rises again, and players want that security before they’re putting their future on the line again.