There were a lot of smiles at Halas Hall on Friday, when they introduced Julius Peppers as a Bear.
But one could argue that no one stands to benefit more from the signing than defensive tackle Tommie Harris.
Harris was already pumped up about this off-season, since he didn't need any surgeries. But he was thrilled when the club added Peppers.
"I'm just excited to have a player like that, a caliber player like that," Harris said. "We're getting ready to go to work.
"He's going to open up a lot more for me."
Harris mentioned the inside/ outside duo in Tampa, Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp.
"Those guys were unstoppable. You had to pick your poison," he said. "With all the guys we have, and to bring him, is great."
Harris said he's been working out, although he'll take a break to take a trip to Africa with a few former Oklahoma players, including Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
"I've already been in it," Harris said of the gym. "It's the difference from knowing what you want to do to actually being able to do it.
"Instead of saying I wish I could, I can actually do it. It's a big difference. It's the best I've felt in a long time."
Harris said he's excited about Brian Urlacher coming back. But he said the key is for everyone to stay healthy.
"We don't have no room talking about what we're going to do," he said. "We just need to do it."