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Reports: Bears add Chris Harris to defensive staff

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Chris Harris wasn't out of work long.

Two days after announcing his retirement, the former defensive back was hired by the Chicago Bears as a defensive quality control coach, according to multiple media reports. The Chicago Tribune first broke the story.

Harris is familiar with the Bears' new defensive coordinator, Mel Tucker, who held the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. Harris played five games for Jacksonville last season.

Harris, 30, played eight seasons in the NFL, including 2005-06 and 2010-11 with the Bears. He played for the Carolina Panthers from 2007-09, and he had a short stint with the Detroit Lions in 2011 before his time with Jacksonville in 2012.

Harris had 16 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles over the span of his career. He had his most productive season in 2007 with the Panthers, when he forced eight fumbles.

"After 8 awesome yrs in the NFL I'm deciding to retire," he wrote Saturday on Twitter. "This was one heck of a ride and I've been extremely blessed to have played this game."
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