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Bears release former first-rounder Chris Williams

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Only Felix Baumgartner has fallen farther, faster than Chris Williams.

The former Bears first-rounder has lost a starting job, a spot on the gameday roster, and now his roster spot in the first six weeks of the season.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have released Williams.

Williams hasn’t started a game this year after losing a competition with J’Marcus Webb for the starting left tackle job. And he hasn’t been active the previous two games.

Williams was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 Draft out of Vanderbilt, but he never approached that status.

With so many teams looking for line help, you have to think Williams will find work, but his inability to crack a Bears line that isn’t exactly dominant makes you wonder whether he can keep that inevitable job once he finds it.

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  1. achap39 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:26 PM

    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)

  2. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    Well, if you lose a competition to J’Marcuss Webb, you don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    Then again, most of the Bears don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    This team won’t make the playoffs.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Oct 16, 2012 5:30 PM

    achap39 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:26 PM
    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)
    _________________________________

    Add Chris Johnson to this list?…. Nah!

    But crazy how you had to think about that for a sec ain’t it!

  4. techvet says: Oct 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    A Jerry Angelo special.

  5. str8h8tin says: Oct 16, 2012 5:38 PM

    Chargers are going to pick him up, he’s going to have a decent game, they will reward him with a fat contract, then he will go back to being Chris Williams.

  6. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:38 PM

    I would say that Vernon Gholston fell further faster.

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 5:39 PM

    Wow. When you lose your spot on a Offensive line that has given up over a 100 sacks in your 4 year career, without you even playing every down, you know it’s time to look for a new job.

  8. davikes says: Oct 16, 2012 5:39 PM

    Usually if you can’t play LT you can play RT or one of the guard spots. I’m surprised they couldn’t make that work, or at least keep him for depth. He’s got to be athletic for his size given where he was drafted. Attitude, maybe?

  9. 2difshoe says: Oct 16, 2012 5:41 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM
    Well, if you lose a competition to J’Marcuss Webb, you don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    Then again, most of the Bears don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    This team won’t make the playoffs.

    ————————————————————

    Dude, wake up, you’re alarm clock is going off.

    The Bears are going to win their division and if Packers suffers anymore injuries, the Bears may win the NFC. Atlanta will stumble along the way.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    I wonder if he’s also hurt. This was his last year under contract so the Bears might not have really given up if he was questionably healthy. Just trying to see the glass half full for him for really no particular reason.

  11. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)
    ________________________

    You’re very generous. A case could be made for…
    Leodis McKelvin #11
    Jonathan Stewart #13 (never been more than a backup)
    Gosder Cherilus #17
    Jeff Otah #19
    Kentwan Balmer #29

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 5:46 PM

    4thquartermagic says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:30 PM
    achap39 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:26 PM
    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)
    _________________________________

    Add Chris Johnson to this list?…. Nah!

    But crazy how you had to think about that for a sec ain’t it!
    _____________________________

    A 2,000 yard rusher a bust? That would be a first.

  13. beastmode5150 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:46 PM

    Hmm, not a bears fan, but looking at Team Defense and Team Offense stats makes it seem like they are pretty darn good, especially defensively.

  14. chilomane says: Oct 16, 2012 5:47 PM

    i wouldn’t say Talib is a bust

  15. chi01town says: Oct 16, 2012 5:55 PM

    Good now the Bears can replace him with a rookie LT that TICE can take his time an train to protect Cutler. practice teams all over the NFL have offensive linemen hoping for a chance an Chicago can get one

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 16, 2012 6:03 PM

    The only thing Williams blocked during his entire time with the Bears was a roster spot for someone more worthy.

  17. kingmj4891 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:04 PM

    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)

    Need to add

    Jeff Otah (#19)
    Kentwan Balmer (#29)

  18. briggsisbrokeagain says: Oct 16, 2012 6:06 PM

    Jerry Angelo was a genius. LOL

  19. cooklynn17 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:08 PM

    chilomane says: Oct 16, 2012 5:47 PM

    i wouldn’t say Talib is a bust
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Eli Manning would, 510 yards passing, more like an explosion.

  20. vegagreenleaf says: Oct 16, 2012 6:09 PM

    Lawrence Jackson? I’d almost forgot about that tool!

  21. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 16, 2012 6:10 PM

    Another smart draft pick by that flop of a GM Jerry Angelo. No other GM has flopped so bad with first rounders. Here’s Angelo’s list:

    Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Chris Williams, Cedric Benson, Marc Columbo, Tommie Harris & Greg Olsen.

  22. patridge21 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:12 PM

    The Bills will probably sign him for about 6M a year like they did with Derrick Dockery a few years back. They love to take other teams trash and turn them into starters. Worst thing about it is, is that they really wonder how its been 12-13 years without making the playoffs

  23. soundz37 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:14 PM

    I love how everybody talks trash about the Bears this year. And the are Rank 4th in the whole NFL. In 2 weeks when Bears play Lions and Titians week 7 and week 8, Bears will win both games and in week 9 be Rank 2nd in the NFL. Because Ravens and Houston plays each week 7 and week 8 both teams will have a bye. LOL !

  24. eagles7to10 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:14 PM

    In all honesty I would take him here in Philly. He’s gotta be better then Demetress Bell and King Dunlap.

  25. revroy78 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:20 PM

    Titans. Sign him now and put him at guard or RT! He can’t be worse than what we have now and he played at Vandy so he’d get the local support.

  26. rhett16 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    The Arizona Cardinals are sending a limo to this guy’s house to pick him up. Seriously, he might not be any good, but he would almost certainly be an upgrade over the human turnstyles Arizona is running out there now, sheesh.

  27. rohinaz says: Oct 16, 2012 6:25 PM

    I wouldnt call talib or bust, justa moron.
    Dorsey was one of the highest rated 3-4 DEs a could years ago. If dorsey was a DT in a 4-3 like he was in college, he could be dominant.

  28. buffalose says: Oct 16, 2012 6:27 PM

    Funny how the bills lowliness makes into a bears draft busy forum.. How much effort people put in to kicking a team when they are down. You must be a swell guy!

  29. billsfan1 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    You reaLize buffalo has one of the better offensive lines right? ESP when urbik and Glenn return? I know I know we are no NE.:: but then again they are as successful in Super Bowls as buffalo when they can’t cheat right?

  30. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    Jerry Angelo has shown he’s worst than Ireland. Papa bear is rolling in his grave.

  31. peglegry says: Oct 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    Felix Jones #22

  32. theandy59 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:44 PM

    Beware of drafting really smart guys early…

  33. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2012 6:46 PM

    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    ________________________

    “More busts than usual in the 1st round”.

    Do a recount of 2007. The year that shall forever be known as “The Year of the Purple Drank.”

    The year where most of the discussion circled around J’Marcus Russell vs. Brady Quinn. When Megatron went #2.

  34. shorttracknews says: Oct 16, 2012 6:51 PM

    Another smart draft pick by that flop of a GM Jerry Angelo. No other GM has flopped so bad with first rounders. Here’s Angelo’s list:

    Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Chris Williams, Cedric Benson, Marc Columbo, Tommie Harris & Greg Olsen.

    ——————————
    Wouldn’t call all of them flops…
    Benson was productive, just not in Chicago after law issues
    Harris was a stud for awhile (Pro Bowl 3x) before getting hurt
    Columbo also got hurt
    Olson had the displeasure of dealing with Mike Martz as his OC

  35. aljack88 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:02 PM

    billsfan1 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 6:34 PM
    You reaLize buffalo has one of the better offensive lines right? ESP when urbik and Glenn return? I know I know we are no NE.:: but then again they are as successful in Super Bowls as buffalo when they can’t cheat right?

    ———————————————————-
    What one did they cheat in?

  36. randallflagg52 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:09 PM

    Another smart draft pick by that flop of a GM Jerry Angelo. No other GM has flopped so bad with first rounders. Here’s Angelo’s list:

    Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Chris Williams, Cedric Benson, Marc Columbo, Tommie Harris & Greg Olsen.

    ==================================

    Dude, I’m not a bears fan and I hate Jerry Angelo for that stunt he pulled with the Ravens during the draft 2 years ago, but you are wrong on Greg Olsen and Tommie Harris.

    Blame Mike Martz for not using Olsen, he seems to be a pretty good player on the panthers now that they actually utilize him. As for Tommie Harris, he was a flat out beast before getting hurt. He was a 3 time pro bowler, not some slouch.

  37. tgriffin2012 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:13 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM
    Well, if you lose a competition to J’Marcuss Webb, you don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    Then again, most of the Bears don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    This team won’t make the playoffs.

    This guy is a joke!!!!! The Bears were 7-3 last year BEFORE Cutler got hurt and wouldve easily went to the playoffs!!!!! This guy is a hater in a long line of them….The Bears are playing Hell of a ” D ” and Cut now has more weapons ( Marshall and Ashlon Jeffrery ). Look at the schedule hater….they might end up the 2nd best team in the NFC!!!!!!!

  38. delusionalcardsfan says: Oct 16, 2012 7:29 PM

    Oh, I’m sure he’ll be a Cardinal soon enough. We could use another bad lineman

  39. beefbus says: Oct 16, 2012 7:36 PM

    “Another smart draft pick by that flop of a GM Jerry Angelo. No other GM has flopped so bad with first rounders. Here’s Angelo’s list:

    Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Chris Williams, Cedric Benson, Marc Columbo, Tommie Harris & Greg Olsen.”

    Harris was great until he tore his hamstring at his hip. He made several Pro-Bowls and was dominate for a few years.

    Olsen was never a blocker, but he was good as a pass-catcher. Plenty of speed to burn.

    The rest are trash.

  40. ddogdaddy says: Oct 16, 2012 7:46 PM

    Chris Williams. Get in your Escalade, hop on I-65 South and drive 175 miles and you can have a job.

  41. dolphins4 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:51 PM

    The Eagles ought to sign him Demetress Bell is a turnstyle.

  42. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    why not move him to guard?

  43. geneatals says: Oct 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    Steelers or eagles should kick the tires on him. Can’t say I’m surprised or sad by this move. BEAR DOWN

  44. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    peytonsneck18 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    why not move him to guard?

    ***************************

    The Bears tried that a couple years ago.

  45. daaabears says: Oct 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    Gotta be attitude or injury. He was competing for a starting job in camp.

  46. gridassassin says: Oct 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    The Bears now have as many Jerry Angelo first round draft picks (Gabe Carimi) as they have drafted by a dead guy (Mark Hatley drafted Urlacher).

    SO glad they showed Angelo the door….

  47. williambrasky says: Oct 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    You guys better add Sedrick Ellis to the list.

  48. istateyourname says: Oct 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    What about that guy who could jump out of the swimming pool? I had high hopes for him…

  49. mikewhorio says: Oct 16, 2012 9:25 PM

    How do you not include Felix Jones in a list of 2008 NFL Draft busts?

  50. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    tgriffin2012 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 7:13 PM
    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM
    Well, if you lose a competition to J’Marcuss Webb, you don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    Then again, most of the Bears don’t belong playing any kind of professional sport.

    This team won’t make the playoffs.

    This guy is a joke!!!!! The Bears were 7-3 last year BEFORE Cutler got hurt and wouldve easily went to the playoffs!!!!! This guy is a hater in a long line of them….The Bears are playing Hell of a ” D ” and Cut now has more weapons ( Marshall and Ashlon Jeffrery ). Look at the schedule hater….they might end up the 2nd best team in the NFC!!!!!!!

    I did look at the schedule, jr!

    9-7 probable, 10-6 at best.

  51. thousandcasts says: Oct 16, 2012 10:36 PM

    I wouldn’t say Cherilus is a bust. He’s been a solid starting RT for the Lions. Definitely not the weak link on that O line.

  52. uncletuna says: Oct 16, 2012 11:31 PM

    achap39 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:26 PM

    Looking back, that 2008 draft produced more busts than usual in the 1st round.

    Glenn Dorsey (#5 overall)
    Vernon Gholston (#6 overall)
    Derrick Harvey (#8 overall)
    Keith Rivers (#9 overall)
    Chris Williams (#14 overall)
    Aqib Talib (#20 overall)
    Lawrence Jackson (#28 overall)

    Saints Fans would have you add Sedrick Ellis to that list First Round, Pick 7

    Mickey Loomis couldn’t get Herr Peterson of KC to come to reasonable exchange so the Saints’ emotions got the better of them and they reached for Ellis and made the Pats look brilliant by still taking Mayo and improving their draft picks…

    Ellis has been a fat, lazy, overpaid bust since he got into the league…

  53. shaggytoodle says: Oct 16, 2012 11:52 PM

    I guess when you don’t draft well, giving up two 1st rounders for Jay Cutler doesn’t seem like much.

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