Chicago Bears Offseason Analysis: The Defensive Line


Published: March 28, 2009


... centerpiece of the unit is DT Tommie Harris, who had made three consecutive Pro Bowls before missing out following the past season. Harris was the Bears first round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2004.

He became the first DT to make three consecutive Pro Bowls in Bears history and was signed to a contract extension before the 2008 season making him one of the highest paid players at his position in the NFL.

Harris had his best season in 2007 when he was second in the NFL in sacks for DTs with eight. He had an up and down 2008 season missing a couple games due to injury but still managed to record five sacks and 37 tackles.

In order for Chicago to return its defense to elite status, Harris will need to regain his dominate form that he has shown in previous seasons.

Finding a player to play next to him so he isn't double teamed is key for the Bears. That player could be Marcus Harrison who was drafted from Arkansas in the third round prior to last sea...

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