The Bears acted swiftly and have decided to find Urlacher’s replacement through the leftover free agent pool. Per Dan Pompei, the Chicago Bears have signed former Broncos’ linebacker, D.J. Williams, to a one year deal that maxes out at 1.75 million dollars. The signing was inevitable with the door on Brian Urlacher being slammed shut two days ago.
Williams is coming off of a very tough year where he missed a total of nine games due to two suspensions, one for violating a drug policy and the other was for a DUI. But the Bears have been down this road before and it paid off. Last year, the Bears traded for a wide receiver that had quite a few police encounters. That deal turned out to be a steal for the Bears. They traded two third round picks for a starting wide receiver that was the lone bright spot of a weak offense. It was a gamble but it paid off. Hopefully, the Williams signing can pay off too.
The Williams deal is very Phil Emery. None of the 1.75 million dollar deal is guaranteed and if Williams cannot stay out of trouble, his base salary is only $900,000. Thus, Emery has made the door out of Halas Hall very easy and make no mistake, Emery isn’t playing around.
I think Emery found a linebacker that could help fill some of the huge hole that Urlacher has left. Williams is athletic, fast, and above all, he can hit. Signing Williams will give the Bears time to groom or find their future suitor at the middle linebacker position for the long term but right now Williams is their man. The Chicago Bears defense will have a new voice calling the plays at middle linebacker. As of now, D.J. Williams is a short term answer to the hole at middle linebacker. It’s up to him to prove to the Bears he is worth keeping around. Second chances are hard to come by and this is Williams’ last one.
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