Ted Thompson set to send Al Harris packing: to Chicago or Minnesota? : Packers Insider

Ted Thompson set to send Al Harris packing: to Chicago or Minnesota?

November 8, 2010 by  
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Nov 8, 2010 by Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel 

~Green Bay— Cornerback Al Harris said the conclusion he has drawn from his impending release is that general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy don’t think he can play anymore.

Harris said this morning in a phone interview  that he has a gut feeling that he’s going to be released based on the events of the last few weeks. He did not say if he asked for his release or if the Packers offered to put him on injured reserve, but it’s clear his time with the Packers is over.

It appears this play last November in Green Bay was Al Harris' last as a Packer. He tore multiple knee ligaments, but feels he's ready to come back now. Apparently the Packers think he's lost a step, and he was never too fast to begin with, especially at his age.

“I guess they feel I’m not good enough to play on their team,” Harris said. “That was shocking. They really caught me off guard with this one.”

The 35-year-old Harris was put on the physically unable to perform list heading into the season because he was coming off a catastrophic left knee injury. However, he worked feverishly to get his leg strong again and felt he was getting back to his old self.

The Packers have until today to either activate him, put him on injured reserve or release him.

Harris said he would begin the process of moving on immediately after the Packers release him. Once he is released, he will be subject to waivers as all players are, regardless of tenure, after the trading deadline.

If a team claims him, it would inherit his $2.5 million base salary. If no one claims him, he’ll be a free agent.

Asked if he thought another NFC North team would go after him, Harris said: “Yeah, I do. I probably can’t say who.”

Harris said he planned to use his release as motivation to continue his career.

“I’m about to go work out and tear it up,” Harris said. “Who knows how much more I’ll go out and play? I might have a couple more years left. Once this thing is official we’ll start the process from there. There’s going to be interest.”

Harris said he felt he was led on the past three weeks because he practiced as the top nickel corner and was told to study as though he were going to play that week. Then, each Saturday he’d be informed that he wasn’t going to play.

When he found out he wasn’t going to play against Dallas, he knew it was the end.

“I thought they’d be a little more straight forward with me,” Harris said. “They had me going home and studying and things like that and they already knew their plans. I guess you hear it so much that it’s a business. It’s just the way it goes.

“I had a great time in Green Bay. I have nothing bad to say about the time that I was there. Everybody was great. I guess Mike and Ted just thought I wasn’t good enough to play on their team.”

Asked if he thought this was just another example of Thompson wanting to go with a young roster, Harris said: “That may be it, but I don’t think it’s just that. I kind of started to feel after awhile … I don’t know. It just caught me off guard.”

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