Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Bears have re-signed middle linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year deal.
After a nine-year stay with the Denver Broncos, Williams went to the Bears via free agency in 2013 on a one-year deal to fill the void left by future hall-of-famer and fan-favorite linebacker Brian Urlacher's retirement. After missing time in the preseason with a calf injury, Williams filled Urlacher's shoes nicely, recording 39 tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble in six games before suffering a torn pectoral muscle that would sideline him for the rest of the season.
Jon Bostic took over as the starting middle linebacker after Williams was placed on injured reserve. Bostic struggled in his rookie campaign and was part of a Bears defense that ranked dead last in the NFL against the run. His lackluster rookie season sparked talks of the Bears moving Bostic over to outside linebacker. But with a lack of better alternatives, it appears that Williams and Bostic will once again compete for the starting job at the middle of the defense.
Despite an injury riddled season in 2013, re-signing Williams brings stability to a defense that gave up nearly 400 yards per game. If his injury issues persist in 2014, the Bears will not have a hard time moving on from Williams, as they only have him locked in for one year.