Bears waive Chris Williams; sign Zack Bowman

The Chicago Bears today waived former first-round offensive lineman Chris Williams and re-signed cornerback Zack Bowman.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have signed CB Zack Bowman to a one-year contract, terminated the contract of vested veteran G/T Chris Williams and terminated the practice squad contract of DE Aston Whiteside today.

Bowman started 16 of 46 games played over four seasons (2008-11) with the Bears after being selected by Chicago in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, recording 117 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries – including one for a touchdown - and 22 special teams stops. The 6-1, 195-pound cornerback signed with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Williams started 38 of 50 games played over five seasons (2008-12) with the Bears. He started 20 games at left guard, 11 at right tackle and seven at left tackle after being selected in the first round (14th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago. In 2012, Williams appeared in three games with no starts for Chicago.

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