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Report: Bears DT Harris holding out hope for reworked deal

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.

"I know they're going to [franchise] tag me [after this season]," Harris said of the Bears, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'll just play that out. I can live with $7 million."

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.