The move became inevitable after Harris suffered a knee injury that ended his season on Dec 7th. Harris, a former Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Ravens had already been slowed a step by age and the injury was probably the end of a long and stellar career.
The 12 year veteran joins a list of players over 30 who have been dumped as Detroit continues to make over its roster with the mantra "younger, stronger, faster, smarter."
One player over 30 who will not be released despite widespread speculation is Brian Walker. Lions president Matt Millen confirmed that Walker would be a major player in the Lions defense next season.
Walker is expected to team with youngster Terrence Holt as the starting tandem at safety next season. The only thing that could change is if Detroit acquires rookie Sean Taylor via the NFL draft, but that could be a longshot.
Detroit continues to field trade requests for the 6th overall pick, including one from the New England Patriots for their two first round picks in this year's draft.