Chicago Bears Release Tackle Chris Williams, Sign Cornerback Zach Bowman
The never-ending saga of former 2008 first round selection Chris Williams has come to a close with the Chicago Bears today. The once promising offensive tackle, turned guard and recently turned back into a tackle was released by the Bears. Former and now current Bear Zach Bowman was signed in his place.
Last season, Williams showed some promise at right guard before a wrist injury sidelined him for the season. Williams has been a regular addition to the Bears injury report including a bad back when the team drafted him. He was on the long list of terrible draft choices by former general manager Jerry Angelo. Considering the occasional struggles of J’Marcus Webb, it really isn’t a shock that Williams was released. At no points this season has Williams even spelled Webb. His being inactive in the previous contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars seemed to seal this decision.
Bowman has had an interesting exsistance with the Bears. He was once-considered a top cornerback, but current cornerback Tim Jennings outplayed Bowman on a regular basis. The Bears decided to part ways this past offseason with Bowman, who ended up with the Minnesota Vikings. He was released before the season started. In 2009, Bowman recorded six interceptions and didn’t have one the next two seasons with the Bears. Considering how well the Bears secondary has performed this season, I am not sure what Bowman’s role will be with the team but one can assume he will be used on special teams.
It certainly has turned into an interesting day for the Bears. For more information, you can follow me on Twitter @ChicagoBearJew.