No Chris Williams Signing Yet

Offensive lineman Chris Williams visited the Eagles yesterday, but was not signed. The Cardinals will check him out today, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Williams (6-6, 320) was released by the Bears on Tuesday. The 14th overall pick in 2008, he started 38 games in four-plus seasons. Overall, 20 of his 38 starts have been at left guard, including nine in 2011.

But what is his best position?

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune wrote a good piece on Williams today. Some in the league believe that Williams’ best position is probably left tackle, and that the Bears didn’t do him any favors by moving him around.

Three front office men said they thought Williams didn’t have the power to play guard, though a fourth said he thought Williams could be a better guard than tackle.

Right tackles also are more dependent on strength and anchor than left tackles as a rule, and Williams’ best trait is his athleticism and ability to move.

While that sounds exactly like what Howard Mudd likes, let’s remember that Demetress Bell’s athleticism was supposed to be his greatest quality too, and he’s struggled through four starts.

As I wrote this morning, the Eagles don’t have a lot of great options in terms of shuffling things around on the offensive line. We’ll find out soon enough whether signing Williams is part of their plan.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mjacobs45 Matt Jacobs

    Just sign him already….Bell is Antone Davis reincarnated. And go out and sign a center! Reynolds & Vallos are not NFL players. Jason Brown at least was good at one time!

  • Bite Mee

    According to profootballfocus.com…
    “Winston Justice, OT, Indianapolis Colts (1 Year, $1.5 Million)
    Known for being embarrassed by Osi Umenyiora on national TV in his first NFL start, Justice’s years in Philadelphia included stretches of dominance spoiled by longer stretches in the training room. Indianapolis acquired Justice by merely swapping sixth-round picks with the Eagles (it’s not known whether the Colts included a bag of balls in the deal). However, the change of scenery has done wonders for the tackle (+8.2). He’s surrendered just two QB pressures all season en route to a 99.1 Pass Block Efficiency.” Howard Mudd should be fired. How come he couldn’t bring out the best in Justice? Him being such a great coach and all. He wanted Watkins (big wrist and ankles). He (Mudd) is responsible when there are 6 or 7 blockers and only 4 rushers and one of the rushers comes free unblocked. Plus what about replacement players? First thing people say is Oh he is not familiar with Mudd’s weirdo system and it will take time. Why go with a system that nobody else is using and it makes it harder to find replacements. Jason was really good before Mudd showed up. Don’t get it twisted and say the o-line got better because of Mudd.