Bears, WR Williams close to a deal

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 9:52 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 10:52 a.m.

Constantly searching for a game-changer at wide receiver, the Bears may have finally found one in the form of former-Cowboy Roy Williams. The two sides are close to a one-year deal, which can be officially signed after 6 p.m. ET.

Williams will be reunited with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who held the same role when both men were with the Lions in 2006 and '07. The receiver totaled 146-2,148-12 during those seasons in Detroit, and could step in as the top target on a Chicago team that had only one receiver eclipse 50 receptions in ’10.

Last season with the Cowboys, Williams started nine games and made 37 catches. His career in Dallas was considered a disappointment after the team traded four draft choices for him in October of ’08.

The Bears have also agreed to a deal with Williams' former teammate with the Cowboys, WR Sam Hurd. Mainly a factor on special teams, Hurd will essentially replace Rashied Davis, who signed with the Lions, on the roster.

The way we see it

Williams provides the Bears a dynamic they have lacked recently at wide receiver - size. Standing 6-foot-3, he is much bigger than Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett, the team's top two receivers a year ago. In Martz's vertical offense, QB Jay Cutler will likely look for Williams to be a deep threat who can use his big body to his advantage.