Colts Sign 3-Time Pro Bowl DT Tommie Harris

I was casually enjoying a nice evening hanging out with my brother when I got a text message saying the Colts had signed Tommie Harris to a 1-year deal.  My jaw dropped to the floor.  This was a very unexpected, yet welcome move. 

Tommie Harris is a former Bear, making 3 pro bowls with the team.  Last year, however, things fell apart for Harris and he lost his starting spot.  The Patriots showed interest along with the Colts, so it makes it sweeter.  But the biggest thing to be happy about is that the former first round draft pick (14th overall in 2004) should help the defensive line tremendously.  Harris is capable of playing at a very high level, but it remains to be seen if he can for the Colts.  Nonetheless, this is a risk definetly worth taking for the Colts, as their d-line is putrid.  Harris is undoubtedly an upgrade. 

From Stampede Blue:

Harris was drafted with the 14th overall pick by the Chicago Bears back in 2004. From 2005-2008, he was arguably the most dominant DT in all of football. Had he not gotten hurt mid-season in 2006, it is very possible the Bears would have defeated the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

However, since 2008, Harris has been on a steady decline. Bad knees have limited his speed and diminished his burst. Still, despite declining skills, his stats the last two years are better than any other DT currently on the Colts roster.

Some info on the Harris signing, from Pro Football Talk and the Stampede Blue article I quoted earlier.

I am feeling a lot better about the 2011 Colts in the last 24 hours.  A lot.

I will keep you posted on the progression of Harris with the Colts and all other things Colts right here and on twitter at Coltsfanwilson.

Oh, and by the way… former Colts defensive lineman Raheem Brock is visiting the Patriots tomorrow, per Stampede Blue.  Please don’t sign there Raheem.

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