By Colt Gab Columnist Luke Schultheis
In another offseason move, the Indianapolis Colts have added three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris. With knee injuries limiting his performance, Harris was released by the Chicago Bears in February after only recording 1.5 sacks during the 2010 NFL season. The Colts hope that Harris will be able to stay healthy and demonstrate the quick, penetrating pass rushing ability he demonstrated earlier in his career that made him the 14th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma and a one time All-Pro selection. Harris fits the mold of a prototypical Cover 2 defensive tackle, making his transition an easy one from one Cover 2 system in Chicago to another in Indianapolis.
Additionally, the Colts were seeking a veteran presence, having lost Daniel Muir to St. Louis and having a young defensive tackle rotation consisting of Antonio “Mookie” Johnson (3 years experience), Eric Foster (3 years experience), Fili Moala (2 years experience), and rookie Drake Nevis. Harris brings 7 years of prior NFL experience and should be a welcome addition to a relatively inexperienced Colts’ defensive interior. It also doesn’t hurt that the rival New England Patriots were also interested in his services.