The easy decision for Edwin Williams would have been to join the practice squad of his hometown Washington Redskins.
Instead, Williams opted for the Bears' practice squad.
"I love the Redskins organization, but after I got released, I felt I needed a new start," he said. "I was excited about them, and they were excited about me."
Williams grew up in Washington D.C., attending famed DeMatha High School, and he graduated from the University of Maryland, where he was a three-year starter as a center.
Undrafted, Williams signed with the Redskins, and he started two of the three games in which he played last year.
The Redskins wanted him to join their practice squad, but Williams was impressed by the Bears' interest in him.
Besides, he knew a couple members of the organization. Offensive line coach Mike Tice starred at Maryland and worked him out there. And pro scout Dennard Wilson graduated from DeMatha.
"Tice is a good coach, I'm excited to work with him," Williams said.