The Bears claimed offensive lineman Edwin Williams off waivers today, according to the player's agency Eastern Athletic Services.
The move adds to an already crowded unit.
With the final cut down Saturday, the addition of Williams means the Bears have already done their homework on him. But, the Bears get a closer look at him, over the next two days and then get to figure out whether to keep him or release him Saturday. Williams is a guard and center.
It would appear his signing could endanger veteran Josh Beekman, a fourth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, or Johan Asiata. Beekman, who has started 20 games, was quickly bumped from the starting lineup during training camp by Lance Louis. But, one NFC personnel director said Beekman is better than Williams.
Undrafted out of Maryland, Williams played in three games for the Redskins in 2009 and started two games. It's also worth noting that Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice attended Maryland, and he's never shied away from Terps.
UPDATE: To make room for Williams, the Bears released running back Brandon Minor, the team's website said.