The Bears are a team with a suspect quarterback in Jay Cutler and last season he had few targets to throw to. One of those was Greg Olsen but he is now gone and moved on, traded to the Panthers. So that left the Bears with a big hole in the field, which they are apparently going to fill soon.
Word has it that the Bears are going to give former Dallas Cowboy and Detroit Lion Roy Williams a 1 year deal. It was reported that the deal was done and it probably is, in secret, but Williams has to appear on the waiver wire today before negotiations are supposed to take place. As soon as his name appears, expect an announcement that he will indeed be on the Bears this season.
Williams will be making a journey to a home of sorts by going to the Bears. He will be paired with his former coach from the Lions Mike Martz who is now the Bears offensive coordinator. Williams had some of his best production under Martz’s reign. He can only benefit from being paired with him again. Of course, that’s not going to make Jay Cutler a better QB. It will just give him a reasonable target to attempt to throw to.
In Dallas, Williams caught 37 passes for 530 yards and five touchdowns last season. In his 2-1/2 seasons with Dallas, he had 94 catches for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns in 40 games. His first 4 seasons with the Lions were outstanding. He had 28 TDs, 245 receptions, and 3652 yards in 55 games. That’s the kind of production any team would love to have and the Bears are no exception.
The Bears have also added veteran WR and special teams player Sam Hurd, also a former Cowboy. With the Cowboys, Hurd played 65 games. In those games, he had 45 receptions for 630 yards. But Hurd also had 46 tackles with 14 assists. Hurd will offer the Bears not only another big receiver target, he is 6 feet 3 inches like Williams, but he also provides flexibility on special teams.
The Bears still have a lot of unanswered questions. How will Williams fit in with the trio of Johnny Knox-Earl Bennett-Devin Hester who are still on the team. Where does Hurd fit in exactly? Can Jay Cutler play like a starting NFL quarterback? Time will tell.