It didnt take long for Chris Harris to find employment after retiring from football.
The former Panthers safety has been hired by the Chicago Bears as defensive quality control coach just two days after he announced his retirement, according to a Chicago Tribute report.
Harris, an eight-year NFL veteran, was drafted in the sixth round by the Bears in 2005 when Panthers coach Ron Rivera was Chicagos defensive coordinator. He was traded to the Panthers before the 2007 season in exchange for a future fifth-round pick. That season, Harris forced a league-high eight fumbles, which still stands as a franchise record.
He finished his three-year career with the Panthers with five interceptions before returning to the Bears in 2010.
Harris announced his retirement via Twitter on Saturday and was flooded with good wishes from players across the league, including former Panthers teammate DeAngelo Williams.
well I think you are hanging the cleats up (too) early but who am I to stop you! Less hits by hard hitting safeties lol, the Panthers running back tweeted.
Harris rejoins Chicago after Lovie Smith was fired in the offseason and was replaced with Marc Trestman.
Trestman retained defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, who was with Harris in his second stint with the Bears, and hired Mel Tucker, who worked with Harris in his final stop in Jacksonville in 2012, as defensive coordinator.
HIRINGS OFFICIAL: The Panthers made three coaching hirings official on Monday.
Running backs coach Jim Skipper, quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and linebackers coach Al Holcomb were all formally announced to their positions by the organization Monday. The hirings were reported by the Observer last week.
Skipper, most recently with Tennessee, held the same position with the Panthers from 2002-10. In 2009 with Skipper as their position coach, Williams and Jonathan Stewart became the first running back duo to each rush for 1,100 or more yards in a season.
Dorsey was promoted from his pro scout position within the team after Mike Shula ascended to the offensive coordinator spot. Dorsey was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Miami and played in the NFL for six seasons.
Holcomb replaces Warren Belin, who was fired earlier in the month along with two other coaches. He was previously a low-level defensive assistant with the New York Giants.
NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that he thought the Pro Bowl improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii.
The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April, when next seasons schedule is expected to be released.
Indianapolis: A Florida man pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in Los Angeles in connection with swindling about $2.3 million from Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Michael Stern of Miami entered his plea to a single count. He faces up to 10 years in prison when hes scheduled to be sentenced May 6.
The Associated Press contributed