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D.J. Williams to the Bears, to replace Urlacher. One-year deal, $900,000 base, $1.75 mill. max, none guaranteed.
Let the DWI's begin.
The Bears have signed former Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams two days after cutting off talks with Brian Urlacher
Thank you, Denicos.
So, one over-the-hill linebacker for another? Da Bearsss
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
C'mon, man, Williams is 30, not 35 or whatever Urlacher is. He also hasn't lost the tread on his tires Urlacher has. (The 4-game suspension last season helped.)
He's not the "answer," but he's probably an upgrade (though I question his fit in that D), and is definitely cheaper. FWIW.
Williams is not the same guy he was in his first five years in the league. It's easy to say he's an upgrade because Urlacher was hurt a lot last year and is older. It was dumb for Urlacher to turn down $2 million.
Dumervil to the Ravens, (5 yrs., $26 million base); Bears sign James Anderson FA LB from Carolina (1 yr., no $$ reported).
@davebirkett: Free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay to visit Lions http://t.co/Xy7RdJi09S
This is intriguing. Poor hands, but the dude is fast (ran a 4.3 flat). He was also asked to be the #1 guy in Oakland with a shitty QB, whereas he'd definitely be a #2 or 3 in Detroit as a pure deep threat to open things up with Calvin. Then you have Scheffler in the slot and Bush at RB and Stafford has a pretty big arm. Furthermore you could probably get DHB for pretty cheap.
If the price is right I'd have no problem with the Lions taking a chance on him.
I would really like this. We need some more speed opposite of CJ. Hopefully this also prevents them from drafting a WR and allows them to focus on the O-line and defense.
DHB should just run fly routes all game and Stafford will just throw it up and hope he can catch up to it. That'd be hilarious.
Poor hands, can't run routes so what upside does him signing with The Lions have?
Agree. He is exactly what they need opposite CJ.
All of these WRs and RBs won't mean dick if they don't have an OL though.
I was kind of hoping deep that DT would finally realize his potential and somehow become their 2nd receiver though. Maybe he gets a shot at kick returns.
Put him on the opposite side of CJ and tell him to run straight as fast as he can. If nothing else one of the safeties will have to worry about him and not Calvin.
Go for DHB then you can focus on O-Line and DE in the draft
It's not a great WR draft class anyway
Heyward-Bey signs 1 year deal with Indy
Colts agreed to terms with Darrius Heyward-Bey, formerly of the Raiders, on a one-year contract.
Heyward-Bey, 26, caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns with Oakland last season. The former No. 7 overall pick will slide into the receiver spot vacated by Donnie Avery. Although Avery started 15 games for the Colts last season, we'd expect DHB to work in as a deep threat behind Reggie Wayne and second-year burner T.Y. Hilton. Heyward-Bey has averaged 14.8 YPC in his four seasons, compared to Avery's 12.8 career YPC. USA Today's Mike Garafolo reports the deal is worth up to $3 million and contains $1.5 million guaranteed.
Kind of a bummer, just because this means a 2nd or 3rd round pick wasted on a WR.
Yep. Thought this wouldve been a great fit for the lions
Wow surprised we didnt match that if we had the cap space. He was perfect for the system. Heard he had a VERY good work ethic.
I heard the Lions have around $7m in cap space and need about $4-5m for signing draft picks. They're also trying to sign Hanson again so they may have felt that DHB was not worth that money. Or maybe they offered it to him but he preferred the Colts.
Hmm thats pretty surprising. Still a shame once I heard he was visiting the lions I really thought we would sign him. Hopefully we get what we were looking for in the draft.
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