Chris Williams is no longer a Chicago Bear.

Chris Williams is no longer a Chicago Bear.

In what may not come as a surprise to some, yesterday the Chicago Bears parted ways with offensive tackle Chris Williams.

When I think about it this wasn't exactly a bad move by general manager Phil Emery. Williams hasn't exactly lived up to the potential that was expected of him.

Williams was drafted in the the first round (14th overall) in 2008. Originally the Bears wanted Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

But the Denver Broncos got to Clady before the Bears could. Williams' played his college ball at Vanderbilt where at one point he protected Jay Cutler's blind side.

His rookie season was a forgettable one. He had recurring back problems early in the year and he was eventually put on injured reserve.

In 2009, he was moved over to right tackle due to the signing of veteran left tackle Orlando Pace. Williams found little success as a right tackle.

In 2010, the 6'6'" linemen was moved to left guard to accommodate then rookie J'Marcus Webb and Frank Omiyale.

The 315 pounder did find some success at that position. Last year Williams was moved back to left tackle but a wrist injury would cut his season short.

Heading into this season, Williams was expected to compete with J'Marcus Webb for the starting left tackle position.

Not only would he lose out to Webb, he would eventually be demoted to number three when Johnathan Scott was brought in.

After being deactivated for the games against Dallas and Jacksonville, Williams was finally given his walking papers this week.

Perhaps he may revive his career with another team. Releasing Williams wasn't the only roster move made the Bears on Wednesday.

They brought back cornerback Zachary Bowman into the fold. Bowman played with the Bears from 2008-2011.

This year he started out with the Minnesota Vikings but was released on the final cut down day on September 2nd.

The Bears also cut rookie defensive end Aston Whiteside from the practice squad.  The Bears now have more depth in the defensive backfield.

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