Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. The Saints beat the Bears 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency Rumors: Chicago Bears Nearing Deal To Bring Back D.J. Williams


While pursuing free agents from other teams, the Chicago Bears continue to bring back some of their own free agents.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears are close to re-signing veteran linebacker D.J. Williams in a deal that should be completed before the new league year starts on Tuesday.

Williams played 6 games for the Bears in 2013 before an injury prematurely ended his season. In those 6 games, Williams tallied 27 tackles to go along with 1 forced fumble. In his brief time on the field in 2013, Williams showed that he could be a productive linebacker when healthy.

The Bears were lacking depth at the linebacker position and Williams would certainly improve that. Before the re-signing of Williams, it was expected that Shea McClellin and Jon Bostic would compete at the middle linebacker position. Bostic struggled in place of Williams last season while McClellin will be entering his first season in the NFL as a linebacker. Considering those factors, Williams may figure to be the starting middle linebacker for the Bears in 2014.

No word on the financial ramifications of the deal. Williams was seeking a multi-year deal from the Bears, though, the Bears may not have been interested in that long of a commitment.

In any event, Williams will remain with the Bears for the 2014 season.

 

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