Source: Al Harris to be Released by Packers Today. Should 49ers Come Calling?

Update: Ted Thompson just confirmed it (via tweet from espn_nfcnblog).  Harris is released.  Acme Packing Company users seem to hold Harris' character, leadership, and professionalism in high regard though they mostly feel he's lost a step.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee reports that Green Bay veteran cornerback Al Harris texted that he would be released by Green Bay today.  This follows Harris being removed from the PUP list where he continued to rehab a knee injury sustained last season.  Players must pass a physical in order to be removed from the PUP list, meaning Harris should be healthy.

Upon his release, Harris will be exposed to waivers since the trade deadline has passed.  The 49ers' record puts them in one of the top spots in the waiver priority list, meaning they'd stand a good chance of being awarded Harris should they submit a claim.

My personal take is that the 49ers should jump on this opportunity.  Harris would bring a veteran presence to the secondary and immediately challenge William "Mike-Rumph-Got-Nothin-On-Me" James for the Nickel CB spot.  Many have pointed out how the Dre Bly signing last season was a pretty good thing, showboating INT fumble notwithstanding.

The team could easily release Tramaine Brock and either let him go or release a practice squad player and attempt to sign Brock back to the PS.  Personally I'd rather take the chance on Harris at this point and risk an undrafted free agent like Brock being exposed to waivers and/or the practice squad.

What do you think Niners Nation?  Should the 49ers take a shot at claiming Harris (assuming the report is true and he is, in fact, released)?

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