In 2007, the Bears traded safety Chris Harris to the Carolina Panthers for a draft pick that eventually turned into the, so far, undazzling Zackary Bowman. The next year Harris set a Panther record with 8 forced fumbles. That was such a sweet deal...
Well, today the Bears traded for none other than safety Chris Harris. While Harris is far from a shut-down safety in the backfield, he immediately becomes the best safety on the Bears' roster, and fills a hole that has been vacant, in a sense, since his initial departure. Harris is excited to return to the Bears, and fans should be thankful to have him.
The best part of the deal is only giving up backup linebacker, a position where the Bears are arguably deep, Jamar Williams in return. Losing a part-time role-player and gaining an immediate starter, to perhaps the weakest point of your defense, is a no-brainer that the Bears have not always pulled the trigger on in the past.
Bear fans have been only given reason to hope during this off season, watching as the team has at least attempted to fill most of the various holes on the roster. The defensive line, running game, and secondary have all been addressed now.
Only the obvious weakness at offensive line has not been clearly tended to, and with veteran guard Alan Faneca signing with the Cardinals earlier today, the Bears will have to look further if they tend to address the O-line via free agents or released players.
All-in-all however, the Bears are having a refreshingly productive offseason that should at least keep the thought of Bear football enticing throughout the summer.