If he sounded skeptical as the Bears opened minicamp, it was because defensive tackle Tommie Harris is adamant that contract talks will conclude only when the three-time Pro Bowler is offered what he wants -- a four-year deal.
Harris reported Friday to a mandatory minicamp at Bears headquarters in Chicago but sat out of team drills, which coach Lovie Smith attributed to a "plan in place."
"He did what we wanted him to do today," Smith said, according to the Sun-Times. "We're taking a precaution with him. He's coming off a few things in the offseason. We have a lot of players who didn't take all of the team part."
Harris, like linebacker Brian Urlacher -- who is also seeking a renewed contract -- had been absent from offseason voluntary team workouts, leading some in the Bears organization to believe he would miss the mandatory weekend camp, according to the report.
Harris, 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, would make $6.363 million in 2008 if the Bears applied the franchise tag to the 25-year-old, who would be a free agent after this season.
"Six million -- so what?" Harris said, according to the paper. "What am I going to do about it? I'm going to take a low offer? No. I'm better than that. I don't have any control over [contract talks], so there is no need for me to worry about it."
Harris, the Bears' first-round draft choice out of Oklahoma in 2004, recorded a career-high eight sacks during the 2007 season. He had five sacks and 28 tackles in 2006-07, when the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl but lost to the Colts.