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No guaranteed money for D.J. Williams

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The Bears are hosting Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown this week as they start the process of looking for a long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker.

Should they fall in love with Brown or some other rookie that they get in the draft later this month and find that the youngster is ready to play from the first day, it won’t cost them anything to back away from the veteran short-term replacement they signed last month. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports that the Bears gave Williams no guaranteed money in his one-year deal and structured the deal so that Williams will have to be active every week to see its full value.

His base salary will be $900,000 with around $750,000 available through roster bonuses that would pay Williams for every week he is on the 53-man and/or 46-man rosters. Should the Bears decide Williams isn’t going to work out, it isn’t going to be a financial hit to move in another direction.

Given the fact that Williams served a pair of suspensions in 2012, protections against any absences was a good idea even if the Bears weren’t open to finding a different answer to their need at linebacker.

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11 Responses to “No guaranteed money for D.J. Williams”
  1. jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    These are the dudes that are physically hurting themselves. There’s probably a good chance he’s mismanaged his money and now has to play the game not for love but for bills.

    When you sign a no guarantee contract in your 30′s the game passed you.

  2. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Apr 8, 2013 4:07 PM

    Very good move by the Chicago F.O. It’s always better to put pressure on the player to perform than to put pressure on the GM who’s hoping he’ll perform.

  3. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 8, 2013 4:18 PM

    Bears suck…period…but at least you have better fans than Queenbay

  4. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 8, 2013 4:21 PM

    Too bad they didn’t do the same for Cutler.

  5. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    If you’re an NFL fan and you’re not from Chicago, the only player’s name we ever really heard about over and over again is Brian Urlacher, heart and soul of the team. I’m sure there were other very good players on the team but you didn’t hear much about them in the media. I can’t believe he isn’t worth a couple million extra in the twilight of his career for carrying Chicago and giving the Bears a lot of great press nationally when they weren’t so good. He truly bled for them every week and gave the Bears everything he had. Very sad Bear fans, very sad.

  6. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 8, 2013 4:44 PM

    jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    These are the dudes that are physically hurting themselves. There’s probably a good chance he’s mismanaged his money and now has to play the game not for love but for bills.

    When you sign a no guarantee contract in your 30′s the game passed you.
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    Or, if you read the story, you’d know that the reason the contract was set up like that is because he had multiple suspensions to serve last year. But don’t let facts or trivial stuff like that get in the way of your fantasies. Derp!

  7. shwoogy1 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:52 PM

    Wilson, great comment man. I bet you thought real hard before that one came out of your pea sized brain.

  8. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Apr 8, 2013 4:55 PM

    DJ Williams is a good player and the Bears got a steal.

  9. rextraordinaire says: Apr 8, 2013 6:54 PM

    This isn’t even a stopgap solution. Stopgap guys still get some kind of guaranteed money.

    This is more like “You watch the grill and make sure the burgers don’t catch on fire while I go take a piss, and when i come back you might as well go home”

  10. jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 7:51 PM

    majormeatcurtains: multiple suspensions means losing paychecks. And if he can’t be law/rule abiding, pretty good bet his he’s not financially witty.

    So for a 31 year old to sign a no guarantee contract pretty much tells me he’s playing for cash not love. And when you play football for 15-20 years, it takes a toll on your body.

    Now I’ll wager once he’s forced to retire, he’ll join the lawsuits.

  11. lcplspieker says: Apr 8, 2013 9:48 PM

    How has no body commented on the fact that if Lach calls tomorrow this guys unemployed. Emery is a brilliant man!

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