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Bears trade LB Williams to Panthers for S Harris

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By PFW staff

Continuing to work hard to fill their most glaring need, the Bears acquired S Chris Harris from the Panthers in exchange for LB Jamar Williams Tuesday afternoon. Harris returns to the team that originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2005 draft. Harris, who played well in his initial stint with the Bears, was traded to the Panthers at the start of training camp in 2007 after the Bears had drafted S Kevin Payne and traded for veteran S Adam Archuleta.

The Bears likely will plug Harris in at strong safety after having just drafted Florida S Major Wright, who appears best-suited at free safety. “I’m excited because I have always had a place in my heart for the Bears,” Harris told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the team I started with. I think it’s awesome.”

Williams had become expendable, as the Bears had six experienced linebackers on the roster after he signed his tender April 13 (Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Nick Roach and Williams). Williams raised eyebrows with a 19-tackle performance late last season against the Rams.

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