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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Eagles Bring In OL Williams For Visit

The Eagles are bringing in former Bears offensive lineman Chris Williams for a visit Wednesday, a league source has confirmed.

Williams, a first-round pick in 2008, was cut by the Bears on Tuesday.

“Now, I will get an opportunity to go play somewhere, and I’m excited about that,” Williams told the Chicago  Tribune. “The Bears are a good team, they will do well and I will miss the guys. It sucks being released and that type of thing. But sitting on the bench here for the whole year wasn’t going to help me in free agency. Now, I’ll get a chance somewhere else.”

Williams was selected with the 14th overall pick to be an anchor at left tackle, but that never came to pass. Twenty of his 38 starts for Chicago came at left guard. The 27-year old Williams was inactive for the last two games, per the Tribune.

It is unclear exactly where the 6-6, 320-pounder out of Vanderbilt would fit in on the Eagles’ offensive front, but they are in desperate need of depth at the position.