Harris does the agent shuffle

A switch in agents by Bears first-round draft pick Tommie Harris has caused concern the Oklahoma defensive tackle may wind up being a holdout at the start of Bourbonnais training camp. Harris, who was the 14th pick in the 2004 NFL draft, has switched from Chicago-based agent Kennard McGuire to Eugene Parker. <p>

"It's just a choice that I made that I felt was best for me," Harris said following a Bears off-season workout.

The last two Bears first-round picks represented by Parker missed training camp practice time. Wide receiver David Terrell held out for 11 days of camp in 2001 and quarterback Rex Grossman last year missed a practice because his deal wasn't finalized until early morning on the day practices officially began.

After he was drafted, Harris said he wanted to be in camp on time. He said he's not worried at this point that he could miss the start of camp.

"I haven't even had a first offer," Harris said. "I don't know about anything yet so my agent talks for me and I'm just worried and concentrating on the playbook."

A switch in scouts in June can't be labeled a certain sign of a holdout. Most NFL first-round picks sign in the final week before training camps start anyway. The Bears do not start practices until July 28.

However, the Bears had discussed some parameters of a deal with McGuire, so a switch in agents at this point cannot be seen as a positive sign from the standpoint of a possible early signing like the one Brian Urlacher had in 2000.

As of Monday, no NFL draft pick taken in the first two rounds had signed.

The Bears currently are one of the few NFL teams with two draft picks already signed. Fourth-round cornerback selection Nate Vasher and fourth-round linebacker pick Leon Joe have already inked four-year deals.

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