If he gets his way, Chris Harris will not be with the Bears much longer.
Harris will ask the Bears to trade him before the official deadline Tuesday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the situation. ESPN Chicago first reported the story.
It's been a roller coaster for Harris.
He started the season, but he injured his hamstring in the season opener and missed the next three games. Then, he returned to the lineup against the Detroit Lions but struggled. He was benched last week but expected to serve in a backup role.
Hours before kickoff, though, he was informed that he wouldn't even be active.
"If you're not in the starting lineup, you have to be able to play special teams. We base the rest of those positions on special teams," Bears coach Lovie Smith said when asked about Harris Sunday night. "It's how we've always done it. We'll continue to do it that way.
"When you say special teams are important, you have to have some guys that you feel like can do the job there. That was the main reason Chris didn't dress."
Several teams have a need at safety, including playoff contenders like the the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
The Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks also could use some help at the position.