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Williams expected to arrive before practice begins

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If traffic isn't too bad getting from his suburban home, Chris Williams just might be on the practice fields in Bourbonnais in time for practice here in two hours.

The first-round pick agreed to terms on a five-year contract and is expected to sign it when he arrives at Olivet Nazarene University.

Williams' five-year deal has a base value of $13 million and can top out at more than $15 million if he meets various triggers. The deal includes roughly $9 million guaranteed.

We'll see if he's on the field when the action gets going in a little while.

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WOW!! Talk about cutting it close, now the Bears can get to work on that offensive line. It would not have looked good if Williams would have been a holdout, especially since he said, "it's not in my vocabulary." Chris Williams was a great draft pick, and now should prove to be a great addition to the Bears o-line GO BEARS!!

I thought they said he was in the immediate area of Bourbonnais...You would think his agent would have told him when things got close to pack his stuff and get into camp. Hopefully he will make it in time for practice. Certainly one practice won't kill him, but I would want him to be on the field as much as possible right from the start. He needs to start getting ready for Dwight Freeney opening night...

Here's an idea: Have the fastest Bear linebacker or safety line up wide and have Williams work getting out of his stance and into position to keep him off the quarterback. Work in the spin move (which apparently is the only move Freeney uses) and get him used to the speed, and then as far as strength, have him working against Toeaina and Dvoracek in 1 on 1 drills. Let's do everything we can to get him ready for the monster DEs he will be facing in a few months..

This guy's got a great attitude. If he's got the talent to go with work ethic, attitude, and history of not getting injured we can quit worrying about this position for several years.

Brad Briggs - anything you can post to give us a sense for how Chris's upper body is developing since his poor 21 reps on the bench press performance would be appreciated

Joe I think your moving a little quick for Williams, how about we let him learn the playbook and cadences first, then get his timing down, then make the first team, then let him get his timing down with them so he is not off sides all day and then let him slowy adjust to the speed of the NFL during pre-season games. Besides there is nobody on the Bears that can Mimic Freeney, Williams from Texas will give him more problems than Freeney anyway. Anyone with a strong bull rush will give him trouble this year.

brad, any news on williams final numbers?

Seen reports of a $8 mill bonus and a $8 million signing bonus and anywhere from $13 million to $16 million total value

Any word on the actual breakdown?

thanks in advance...

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