In an effort to stabilize their linebacking corps, the Chicago Bears appear to be on the verge of finalizing a new contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, a deal that should get done before the opening of free agency on Tuesday, a source familiar with the negotiations has told the Tribune.
Williams, an 11th-year veteran, would immediately become the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker next season, though he would face competition from Jon Bostic to nail down that role.
Williams joined the Bears during free agency in 2013, signing a one-year, prove-it deal. But his season was interrupted, first in the preseason by a calf injury and then by a season-ending pectoral injury that he suffered in the Bears’ sixth game last fall.
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