Bears replace Urlacher with ex-Bronco Williams

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeMarch 22, 2013


One day after Chicago parted company with longtime middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Bears and former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams agreed to a one-year contract.
The deal includes a $900,000 base salary with up to $850,000 in incentives, according to USA Today.
The 30-year-old Williams was released by the Broncos after a tumultous 2012 season. He was suspended twice for a total of nine games -- for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs and a conviction on a driving while impaired charge.
Williams, who was due to make $6 million with Denver next season, was productive on the field for the Broncos during his nine-year career, registering 627 tackles.
Urlacher and the Bears failed to reach agreement on a contract this week and the eight-time Pro Bowl selection was released after 13 seasons in Chicago.