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Panthers add LB with Williams trade

The much-anticipated trade of Carolina safety Chris Harris to Chicago for linebacker Jamar Williams now is a done deal, John Clayton reports.

Consider this another step in Carolina’s youth movement. Harris had been a solid safety since arriving in Carolina in 2007 (interestingly, that happened via a trade with Chicago). But the Panthers are getting younger everywhere and they’ve got some young safety options with Charles Godfrey, Sherrod Martin and rookie Jordan Pugh.

In Williams, a backup to Lance Briggs in Chicago, they add a linebacker who is only 25 and fits the youth movement. Although the Panthers have an opening on the strong side with the departure of veteran Na’il Diggs, they want to see James Anderson, Dan Connor and rookie Eric Norwood compete at that spot. Williams could move over there if the Panthers don’t think they’ve found a starter. But it’s more likely he’ll stay on the weak side and be a backup to Thomas Davis, who is coming back from injury.

In related news, Carolina public relations guru Charlie Dayton now is in the market to add someone to announce Panthers' news before it's official, now that Harris and his Twitter account are out of Charlotte.