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Former first-rounder Chris Williams the odd man out for Bears OL

Chicago Bears Matt Forte breaks free from Tampa Bay Bucaneers Ronde Barber as he is followed by teammate Chris Williams on his way to scoring a touchdown during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, in London Reuters

With the left tackle job all but given to J’Marcus Webb, the Bears have yet another decision to make on yet another first-round pick of the previous regime who’s not in the long-term plan.

But unlike tight end Greg Olsen, who was traded to the Panthers last summer for a third-round pick, there’s not nearly as much of a market for tackle Chris Williams.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, despite speculation Williams could be moved, he’s more likely to stay as the swing tackle given his relatively reasonable $1 million salary, and his experience at four of the five positions on the line.

The 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft (taken before more proven starters Branden Albert and Gosder Cherilus), Williams was shifted to right tackle last week (behind Gabe Carimi), clearing the path for Webb to start on the left.

“I just want to play ball,” Williams said. “I want to start for this team. If I don’t, will I be disappointed? Yes. That’s just part of it.

“I’ve been trying to get ready for the season. I’ll let all that stuff work itself out. I am just here to do my job. I can’t control what the coaches are going to do decision-wise.”

Asked if he had plans to ask for a trade, Williams said: “That is not really my place. This is a position I have never really been in before. I’m just here working. Just trying to get a starting job.”

If he can’t get one on a Bears line that has been an issue for years, it’s hard to imagine Bears General Manager Phil Emery getting enough for him to justify the move.

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6 Responses to “Former first-rounder Chris Williams the odd man out for Bears OL”
  1. Pacific NW Mark says: Aug 6, 2012 9:33 AM

    I watched J’Marcus Webb play most of last season and I don’t recall him beating anyone. The Bears new OL coach Tim Holt must be a miracle worker.

  2. sillyv6 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:06 AM

    Lesser of the two evils. JWebb as the talent but yet to show the mental makeup.

  3. respectgsh says: Aug 6, 2012 11:52 AM

    Even though they should have signed Demetrius Bell. They need to keep this guy, he played ok, which is more than you can say for some others on this line.

  4. shorttracknews says: Aug 6, 2012 1:31 PM

    For a million dollar salary they will keep him as a back up swing tackle.

  5. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Aug 6, 2012 4:11 PM

    Keep the guy for a million dollars. He knows the rest of the line and if he comes in, he doesn’t have to build too much chemistry.

  6. mcrann1 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:58 AM

    He will play the “swing tackle” position this year. Next year he is a free agent. He still can’t anchor his pas blocking is terrible. He’s a bust! The un-drafted free agent James Brown from Troy will unseat both J.Webb and Chris Williams

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