Tommie Harris Signs One-Year Deal With Indianapolis Colts, According To Report

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Chicago Bears' Tommie Harris walks to the field for the NFL football team's training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Saturday, July 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)



The Colts have signed former All-Pro Tommie Harris to a one-year contract, finally giving Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis some help on the interior line.

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Aug 2, 2011 – The have made a huge addition — literally — to their defense, agreeing to terms with former ‘ DT on a one-year contract, .

Harris has dealt with nagging injuries the past two seasons, limiting the former first-round pick’s effectiveness, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been a force. He’s made three Pro Bowls (2005-2007) and he’s been an All-Pro twice, in ’05 and ’06. The Bears cut him this offseason in their flurry of decisions to release most of their good players for seemingly no reason.

Harris is only 28, so this one-year contract is a “show us something” deal, and if he can return to his Pro Bowl level of production, he will likely be fielding some multi-year offers next summer.

For the Colts, this is a fantastic addition, as Harris will make life easier for stud DEs and , who have combined for almost 70 sacks the past three seasons while playing without much interior line help.

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Tommie Harris Signs One-Year Deal With Indianapolis Colts, According To Report

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Chicago Bears' Tommie Harris walks to the field for the NFL football team's training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Saturday, July 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)



The Colts have signed former All-Pro Tommie Harris to a one-year contract, finally giving Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis some help on the interior line.

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Aug 2, 2011 – The have made a huge addition — literally — to their defense, agreeing to terms with former ‘ DT on a one-year contract, .

Harris has dealt with nagging injuries the past two seasons, limiting the former first-round pick’s effectiveness, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been a force. He’s made three Pro Bowls (2005-2007) and he’s been an All-Pro twice, in ’05 and ’06. The Bears cut him this offseason in their flurry of decisions to release most of their good players for seemingly no reason.

Harris is only 28, so this one-year contract is a “show us something” deal, and if he can return to his Pro Bowl level of production, he will likely be fielding some multi-year offers next summer.

For the Colts, this is a fantastic addition, as Harris will make life easier for stud DEs and , who have combined for almost 70 sacks the past three seasons while playing without much interior line help.

For more Colts stuff, check out .

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Super Bowl XLV: Comparing The Packers With The Colts

The 2010 season for the was undone mostly because of injuries. They listed 17 players on injured reserve, which didn’t include players like , who was never placed on IR even though he broke his forearm in Week 8. He never saw the field again in 2010.

However, the NFC Champion are playing today in Super Bowl XLV, and their injury situation is nearly identical to the Colts.

The Pack placed 15 players on IR in 2010, and if you follow tracking time missed by starters due to injury, the Colts starters missed 89 games in 2010, the most of any team. Meanwhile, the Packers starters missed 83, second most behind Indy.

So, why was Green Bay was dominant in the post-season, while the Colts fizzled out?

If you follow our Indianapolis Colts blog, , their reasoning for Indy’s one-and-one playoff exit is poor drafting in the first two rounds and incompetent coaching decisions compounded the injury factor:

Injuries were indeed a major reason why the 2010 season was such a disappoint, but one of the points we Stampede Blue editors and writers will continue to harp on this off-season (much to some people’s annoyance) is that poor drafting and player evaluation is just as much to blame for the 2010 as injuries were.

If [Donald] Brown, [Tony] Ugoh, [Mike] Pollak, and [Jerry] Hughes were not busted picks, and instead were starting caliber players, the Colts likely have one or two more wins in 2010, possibly a playoff win or two. The line is literally that fine between winning and losing, and the reality is the Colts have always been an injured team. Since 2005, they have never been considered ‘healthy.’ This puts added emphasis on younger players developing, since Colts management has avoided veteran free agency as if it were the plague.

Despite roughly the same sort of ‘injury bug,’ the Pack rolled through the NFC playoffs, and seem primed to win their franchise’s fourth Super Bowl. Their first day picks the last few years include major contributors , , and .