Breaking: Bears Will Sign WR Roy Williams


Editor’s note: Thanks to @tweezybaby for pointing out the error with the previous picture in the post.  That’s what we get for doing this stuff at 6AM before the coffee has taken effect. #Epicfail

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bears will sign former Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams:

"An agreement: Chicago is reuniting former Cowboys WR Roy Williams w/ Bears OC Mike Martz, who helped coach Williams to Pro Bowl in Detroit."

When rumors of this deal started bubbling up when the Cowboys cut Williams earlier this week, I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled but my position on this has changed.

First of all, as Schefty points out in his tweet, Roy Williams has been very productive under Martz.  He had his only Pro Bowl season under Martz.  In fact, it was far and away his best season:

G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD 
2010Dallas Cowboys 1593753014.363T 5
2009Dallas Cowboys 15133859615.766T 7
2008Dallas Cowboys 1071919810.4381
2008Detroit Lions 541723213.6251
2007Detroit Lions 12126483813.191T 5
2006*Detroit Lions 1616821,3101660T 7
2005Detroit Lions 13124568715.351T 8
2004Detroit Lions 14115481715.1468
TOTAL 3565,20814.69142617

*Pro Bowl season under Mike Martz

I think Williams will be more equipped to contribute to the Bears immediately since he comes in with a knowledge of Martz’s system. If the Bears signed another, more high profile guy, he might not be able to get up to speed in the offense as quickly as Williams will.

He’s a big enough target at 6-3 and 215 pounds and he’s the “go up and get it” kind of receiver that Jay Cutler will like.

With limited options remaining at wide receiver in the free agent market, with most of the big names committed elsewhere, the Williams signing should be a good fit.

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