SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -The Carolina Panthers got help at safety Thursday when they acquired Chris Harris from the Chicago Bears for a fifth-round draft pick.
Harris, entering his third season, started at both safety positions with the Bears and had five interceptions in the past two seasons. Harris also had an interception in the Bears' loss to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.
``According to our scouts and coaches he's an instinctive player, and we feel he can come in here and compete,'' Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said.
Harris will likely step in right away as the starter at strong safety next to veteran Mike Minter. Nate Salley had been working with the first team until having a right knee injury in practice Wednesday. Salley sat out practice Thursday and is listed day to day.
The Bears have depth at the position, making Harris expendable.
``I think we're fortunate the Bears have a real surplus at that position,'' Hurney said. ``Chris is a guy that we feel can come in here, compete and help us.''
Harris, who played at Louisiana-Monroe, was Chicago's sixth-round pick in 2005.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Raiders vs. Bucs Pick Will the Raiders and Bucs light up the scoreboard this Sunday when the two teams clash at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Seahawks vs. Saints Pick Will it be a great offense or a great defense that stands tall when the New Orleans Saints host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 1PM...
Thumbnail Patriots vs. Bills Pick With LeSean McCoy banged up, is the under the play on Sunday when the Bills host the Patriots at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Redskins vs. Bengals Pick The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals meet up in London this Sunday at 9:30AM ET. Will the two put on a...
Thumbnail Jaguars vs. Titans Picks With Blake Bortles struggling, will the Jaguars and Titans play under the total for bettors on Thursday night this week?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages