Chicago Bears replace Urlacher
D.J. Williams. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CHICAGO - Just two days after announcing they could not reach an agreement with Brian Urlacher, the Chicago Bears have already found his replacement.
According to the Chicago Tribune, they have signed former Broncos player D.J. Williams.
"Williams, 30, was cut by the Broncos after a season in which he faced two suspensions, a six game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing policy, and a three game suspension for his second arrest for driving under the influence," said Dan Pompei with the Tribune.
The Bears have reportedly signed Williams to a one-year deal. His contract with the Broncos before he was released had him making $6 million, but the Bears will not be paying him nearly as much.
"The contract Williams signed gives the Bears protection should Williams not stay on track," said Pompei. "His base salary is $900,000, and none of his contract is guaranteed. He can earn a maximum of $1.75 million if he hits a workout bonus and a series of roster bonuses spread out over time."