Bears Sign Veteran Linebacker D.J. Williams


Quarterback Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by linebacker D.J. Williams #55 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Brocnos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.

(December 10, 2011 – Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

The Bears didn’t waste any time in signing a “replacement” for Brian Urlacher. According to, the Bears just signed former Bronco middle linebacker D.J Williams. Williams has had at least 90 combined tackles in a season from 2007-2011, but last year suspensions only let him play 7 games. So when he is not being suspended for drugs or arrested for DUI’s, he is a solid player.

According the the Chicago Tribune, the Bears signed Williams for a $900,000 base salary in an incentive loaded contract. He can make $1.75 million at the most.

In my opinion, this is a very good signing. He might not be Urlacher, but he’s shown that he is a pretty good player. The best part is that it was a cheap signing, so it isn’t a huge risk. If Williams stays out of trouble, I can see him doing very well in Chicago.

More on the new signing coming up later. Welcome aboard, D.J!