A String of One-Year Contracts
Brad Biggs, in the National Football Post, breaks down the Bears' contractual relationship with Tommie Harris:
The Bears, who knew of Harris' knee condition following arthroscopic
surgery in January 2008, also protected themselves, as much as a team
can any way, in the $40-million, four-year extension they wrote for
Harris last summer. The deal included $10 million guaranteed, but what
is remaining on the contract, which runs through 2012, is basically a
series of roster bonuses, none of which is guaranteed. In essence, it
becomes a string of one-year contracts.
In so much as it's believed that Lovie Smith is coaching for his Bears' life this season, I think we can assume that Tommie Harris has the next sixteen games (and hopefully more) to prove he can stay on the field. Otherwise the Bears would be insane to pay a roster bonus to a player that's never on the roster.
Devin Aromashodu's Roster Spot
Contrary to what's on Da Site, Tribune and some of the other blogs, Mash is still a significant long shot to make this roster at wide receiver. Yes he's been performing well in practice. But the history of the NFL is littered with guys whose only highlights come in the heat of the summer. But Mash will be getting significant playing time with Caleb Hanie and the number 2s throughout the preseason and is quickly becoming a pretty good story. By the way, what are the odds of having two receivers named Devin?