Chris Harris is "tweeting" about a return to Chicago.
The Bears traded the hard-hitting safety to the Panthers during training camp in 2007, and have likely been regretting it ever since. Lovie Smith still thought Adam Archuleta could play when the deal was made. The Bears also had rookie Kevin Payne and Brandon McGowan and Mike Brown had recovered from injury.
Three years later, only Payne remains on the roster, and he doesn't appear to have a future as a starter.
The deal could involve a linebacker. Sources said the Bears were shopping several linebackers before and during the draft and another source confirmed that Jamar Williams was still being shopped. There are also reports that Hunter Hillenmeyer will be involved in the deal.
Harris has made 44 starts for the Panthers the past three seasons.
The Bears got a sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft for Williams, which they used to draft Zack Bowman.