True Test

The Bears have lost half of their starting secondary this off-season with Tony Parrish and Walt Harris signing free agent contracts elsewhere. That's ten years of experience to account for, six of which comes from Harris.

The much-maligned corner returned to Chicago on a one-year deal and had one of his best seasons in 2001. Harris only intercepted one pass, which he returned 45-yards for a touchdown, but was counted on to make big hits and play tight man coverage opposite R.W. McQuarters.

Harris knew he was playing for a contract with another club as the Bears decided to re-sign Jerry Azumah and McQuarters to long-term deals.

McQuarters was tied for second on the team with three interceptions and was the considered the Bears shutdown corner. On the other side questions about Azumah's readiness still remain.

However, Bears secondary coach Vance Bedford said Azumah is ready for the challenge.

"Jerry has come on fast. He's been a defensive back for three years now and he's done an outstanding job. He has the speed you look for in a corner, the quickness, and the tenacity you look for in a corner. So, he's a guy that we feel very comfortable with at the present time."


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