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Dollars and sense: The Chris Williams deal

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We were waiting for the return of Chris Williams to the practice field to take a look at this information, but with the first-round pick sidelined for the foreseeable future now following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, we'll go through it.

Williams, the 14th overall selection, signed a five-year deal with a maximum value of $16 million.

Here is a look at how the numbers break down:

He received a signing bonus of $500,000. There is a roster bonus for $1,126,000 and an option bonus that comes to $5,565,000. There's also a not-likely-to-be earned incentive of $2,009,000 that is achieved with a minimum play time lever. That brings the total bonus money in the deal to $9.2 million.

Williams has an annual Pro Bowl incentive worth $175,000 each season, a clause the Bears do not use a whole lot but have done from time to time with first-round picks.

Base pay

2008--$295,000
2009--$385,000
2010--$740,000
2011--$1,095,250
2012--$1,000,000

Williams has a workout bonus worth $284,750 in 2012 and there is an escalator for the final year of the deal worth $2,125,000. The escalator is believed to be trigged by play time.

To recap, the total bonus money is $9.2 million. The base value for the contract is $13 million and the 2012 escalator combined with five Pro Bowl bonuses can bring the total value to $16 million.

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Until Chris Williams plays, add him to the list of first round draft busts. "Welcome to the club Chris ! I'd like you to meet; Cade, Curtis, Rashaam, and Cedric. I'm sure you all have something in common!"

Thanks Brian, for trying to give us the low down on Chris Williams contract - and how much the Bears are on the hook. But, it's so hard to understand all that contract talk. Could you answer just one question which would clarify the whole thing - at least in my mind. If the Bears said "OK - We blew this one - but let's cut our losses". And, they cut Chris Williams right now, how much total $$ would they be out? Cliff

The Bears can say all they want that this back injury has nothing to do with the back problems that made him fall off of so many teams' draft boards. I don't believe them. Angelo ignored the offensive line in the draft for FIVE YEARS, and now he's paying for his ineptitude.

You have to wonder if they truly ignored whispers or really felt like it was nothing. All I know is that it is very hard to pass a physical with a herniated disc or do much of anything with it. I know a lot of people who hurt themselves outside of work and then went to work and pretended that they hurt themseves at work. Bads are tricky. I've had an off and on back since I was 21. Right now it's fine but ask me how I feel after a 285 pound linemen run into me.

William, actually you can pass a physical with a herniated disk you just need some pain killers. There were not just whispers about this kid, teams took him off there list because they said he had a bad back. My best friend had a Herniated disk and continued to work out for 6 months and past the the the California state police PT test, which unlike Chicago is actually hard.

After he had the Surgery he could not work out for 12 weeks and when he did start working out it was with light weights. The Doctor said he had to loose weight even though he wasn't fat, he said he had to releave pressure on his back in way he could, he had to do a lot of core training and corrected his posture. He was told to avaid high impact lifting that might effect his back and to avoid heavy lifting. You are never the same after having Surgery on your lower back to correct a disk. Williams pretty much has the worst job in the world for lower back problems. He leans forward and crashes into a 300 pound opponent all day, you ever watch how much linemen arch there back. Forget it this kid will never be the same after this injury and Angelo should have paid attention to what other teams were doing, cause once again he blew it.

Well at least Williams will never have to work another day in his life. The bears should also clear a roster spot, there is no point in leaving him on the list, at the very least give him the season off unless of course they want to rush him back in 12 weeks and have him hurt himself.

THE BEARS KNEW ABOUT HIS BACK PROBLEMS BECAUSE THE SCOUTS SAY THAT
IF HE HADN'T BACK PROBLEMS HE WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BEEN AROUND AT
NUMBER 14 ANYWAY!
YOU GUYS KEEP FORGETTING THE NFL HAS A BILLION DOLLAR TV CONTRACT!
THIS IS CHUMP CHANGE WILLIAMS IS RECEIVING, CONSIDERING WHEN HIS
BACK IS HEALED HE IS GOING TO BE A GREAT LINEMAN!
HE IS A YOUNG GUY AND HE WILL REBOUND AFTER THE SURGERY!

This is just like Angelo to draft a free agent in the first round and give him first rounders money. Welcome to Stan Thomas #2. I give him credit the back problems didnt show up until after he signed a contract and received a signing bonus. This kid could not bench press 225lbs over 21 times! thats a sign of a back problem or he is just weak. I guess when you are in the front office you dont have to listen to rumors and notice this kid dropping like a hot potatoe before the draft. I bet all the other NFL teams laughed out loud when the Bears drafted this bum.

Ok, so who is responsible. I mean if I lose an account at work, even if it is not my fault, I am responsible. They need to clean the offensive scouting's house.

DOES IT NOT SICKEN ANYONE THAT OUR BEST OFFENSIVE WEAPON WAS DRAFTED FOR DEFENSE?

WHY DOES ANGELO AND THE REST OF THE OFFENSIVE SCOUTS HAVE A JOB?

For a team that gets off the bus running. Is there a reason why we have picked the fewest amount of linemen in rounds 1 throught 3 in the nfl, since Jerry came on board-FACT

Jerry & Lovie you can stop shoveling it, no one is buying it.

But hey lets draft more DE's. Maybe some of them can play tackle?

This situation was coming down the tracks like a train. How could they not see this coming.

Let's see, why where a lot of the Bears fans at the 2008 draft chanting Mendenhall so many times? We could've drafted him, and traded some of our late round draft picks for a late first or early second rounder to draft a healthy OT which where plenty on the boards that the Bears could've taken. Not to mention there was Jeff Otah from Pitt, or Sam Baker from USC who also was on the board late in the first round. We could've taken a risk and drafted Ryan Clady even if we had to give up multiple draft picks for him. This kid is good. He would've solved out problem on the left side at the tackle position. Just goes to prove the this team does not do a great job at scouting for first round picks. We always come up empty.

Thanks Biggsy for the contract information. Regardless, all of that money - at least the first year - will be collected while sitting on his arse as yet another Jerry Angelo screwup.

What I find absolutely laughable is that Chicago has said they would keep his roster spot open so, in essence, we'll have 52 men for the season. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?!?

The guy hasn't even completed a full PRACTICE with Chicago but we're expecting him to rehab his injury then rejoin the team in November with no experience, no practices, and no idea if he can even play at this level? That has Jerry Angelo's hands all over it. Make a mistake drafting a player and then compound it a hundred times over by holding out hope that he can return and even contribute this season.

This isn't like Rex Grossman - our starting QB at the time - going down in preseason and Chicago holding onto him. This is an unproven rookie who has shown nothing except he can sign his name on a big contract. So Chicago has vowed that they will use that roster spot on the longshot hope that Williams will return and actually play at an NFL level?

If that doesn't work out I heard Angelo's going to use the money they saved on Lance Brigg's contract and by a bunch of lotto tickets. Jerry Angelo should be fired and soon because he ain't getting any better people!

The ticket is get Jonathan Ogden tocome out of retirement and get Reuben Brown back, the left side would be great and keep the right side as is.

Problem fixed, Super Bowl boys.

Maybe the Bears would hire me as the GM, I could draft OLine.

I want a criminal financial fraud investiation by the States Attorneys Office and Attorney General against Williams and Vanderbilt. I'd ask the Bears lawyers to do it but I am sure they are as incompetent as Angelo and his staff of scouts and doctors and Lovie the Liar.

A few years back there was a "Fire Jerry Angelo" movement with a website (firejerryangelo.com) and sportwear. The website is no longer functioning, but I think you can still buy the "FireJerry" shirts, etc. online. Let's rekindle the movement.

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