AP Source: Bears, LB DJ Williams reach 1-year deal

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CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, giving them a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher.

The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. The deal comes two days after the Bears said they couldn't agree on a contract with Urlacher, the eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the face of the franchise.

The Bears also have an opening at strong side linebacker with Nick Roach signing with Oakland.

Williams has played both middle and outside linebacker. He missed nine games while serving a pair of NFL-mandated suspensions last season and was released by the Broncos on the eve of free agency, freeing up his $6 million salary.

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