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Harris Agrees To Multi-Year Extension, Bush Released


The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with cornerback Al Harris, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Saturday. The contract will be submitted to the league office Monday.

In addition, the team has released tight end Steve Bush.

Harris, a seventh-year veteran, started all 16 games at cornerback in 2003, posting 46 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions, one forced fumble and a career-high 14 passes defensed. He also turned in one of the most exciting plays in recent Packers history, returning an interception 52 yards for an overtime touchdown vs. Seattle, Jan. 4, in an NFC Wild Card playoff. Harris became the first defensive player in NFL annals to end a sudden-death postseason game.

Sherman acquired Harris March 3, 2003, from the Eagles with a fourth-round pick in the '03 draft for the Packers' second-round choice in the same draft.

The durable Harris has played in 105 consecutive NFL games (96 regular season, nine postseason). He has not missed a contest since 1998. Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 1997 draft, he spent that year on the Bucs' practice squad before the Eagles claimed him on waivers, Aug. 31, 1998. He played behind Pro Bowl cornerbacks Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor in Philadelphia.

Bush had signed as a free agent June 9.

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