The Bears called upon a familiar face to upgrade their depth at safety.
They traded linebacker Jamar Williams to the Carolina Panthers for safety Chris Harris, originally a sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2005.
Harris, of course, was traded to the Panthers in 2007 for a fifth-round pick. That selection ended up being cornerback Zackary Bowman, who started 12 games last season and intercepted six passes.
The Panthers, meanwhile, got eight forced fumbles from Harris in 2007, which prompted them to give him a contract extension. But he's only had four more in the two seasons since, and he managed five interceptions for the Panthers.
In February 2008, Harris signed a five-year deal worth about $13 million. This season, he's due to make about $2 million, then $2.45 in 2011 and $2.9 million in 2012, the final year of his current contract.
Frankly, those aren't ridiculous figures for a starting safety.
It's unclear what the Panthers gave Williams, who was a restricted free agent.