Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have signed former Broncos’ linebacker D.J. Williams to take over for Brian Urlacher. Williams was a heck of a player in Denver before he found trouble.  The Bears are now giving him a chance to turn things around. 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. He is a productive player with speed who had the second most tackles in the NFL in 2007.  Scouts considered him one of the best linebacker talents on the market.  He was a first round pick in 2004. The contract Williams signed gives the Bears protection should Williams not stay on track. 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. The deal also represents an opportunity for the 6-foot-1, 242-pound Williams to get his career headed back in the right direction with a talented group of defensive players.   Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })();
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