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Al Harris received interest from Vikings, Lions

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Former Packers cornerback Al Harris received interest from Minnesota, Detroit and Houston before he signed with the Miami Dolphins today. "Al is excited to be playing in his hometown," Harris' agent Jack Bechta said, as reported by Nationalfootballpost.com. "He has intimated to me that he wants to play as long as he can. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new road. He's eager to play right away and also eager to play for a few more years." Harris was cut by the Packers on Monday. Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said of Harris: “Well I mean one of the things is you get a player like that that comes across your desk here and you have the opportunity to get involved with somebody like this. I thought at this particular time would be really good for our football team. He’s a quality quality individual never mind the kind of player he’s been in this league over the years. But I think that the one thing that is important particularly for our young corners right now is the ability to see how it’s done a little bit (you know) and get a chance to learn. And right now back there particularly at the corner position I don’t have that. And Al (Harris) completely understands right now coming in here what his role is on this football team and he understands that there are no secrets with our young players and that I would expect that he helps that process as well as helping our football team out there on the field. So this guy can help us in a lot of ways (with) what he does on the field and what he does certainly in the classroom and off the field, so. I felt like something we had to do.” When asked today whether Harris can contribute as early as this week, Sparano replied: “Yeah you know the one thing is this whole thing happened kind of, kind of later as the day went on this morning so I am not really sure language wise what he knows but I do know that he knows what it looks like. Today he took some reps out there. This isn’t the guy’s first rodeo, so he’s been around a while and he understands. He just kind of has to flip some terminology in his head I would think. We’ll see how it comes; we’re not going to kind of rush it. We’re going to wait and take a look at maybe where he is here at the end of the week. If he feels comfortable and we feel comfortable from a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint than maybe we’ll do something.”

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