Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) is tackled by Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal with veteran linebacker DJ Williams, per Josina Anderson:
For everyone rushing Shea McClellin or Jon Bostic to the middle linebacker spot, not so fast. DJ is in the house!
Williams was brought in last offseason as a stopgap for the “retiring” Brian Urlacher. The Bears drafted Jonathan Bostic in the second round, presumably to play middle linebacker, but after part of the season at the Mike, Phil Emery acknowledged that Bostic’s strength might be on the outside. I suspect he’s going to study at the hand of Lance Briggs and replace Lance when he’s done with the Bears.
Williams was just starting to hit his stride with the Bears when a torn pectoral muscle that cost him the rest of last season after just just a handful of games with the Bears last season. They must have seen enough in him to bring him back on another 1-year deal, terms not yet disclosed.
It’s not the sexiest pickup for the Bears, but it’s another solid addition to their defense that will create a ton of competition at the linebacker position.