When I had initially broken the news, it was a rumor at the time. However, when the rumor comes straight from the horse’s mouth — especially considering the good-character of person Chris Harris is — I had no choice but to take his word as fact.
Later in the afternoon, he tweeted “Oops, the trade’s not official yet, but I’ll let you know on my Facebook page.
Well, it is now official; Chris Harris has been traded to the Chicago Bears — back to where he began his career.
So what did we get in trade? (Cue the sarcasm) Oh, you’re going to love this!
In exchange for Harris, the Panthers receive linebacker Jamar Williams. I haven’t read up much on Williams, because I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams the Panthers would be trading Harris back to Chicago for a no-name linebacker.
I heard back from one of my sources, that basically Carolina just traded away a very good safety for “a career special-teams player who has been forced into action due to injuries.”
Darin Gantt of The Charlotte Observer said via his Twitter page, “Williams gives the Panthers something they lacked: A legitimate backup MLB, though he’s primarily a WLB. Good special teams player too.” In addition, he also stated earlier, that the Bears were desperate for a starting safety.
The former Sun Devil is 25, and his stat sheet leaves a lot to be desired, even though “stats are for losers.”
I suppose one hand washes the other, and since the Panthers aren’t interested in 30+ year-old “has beens,” Adalius Thomas was out of the question.
The only other thought I have, is who’s next?