The Bears somewhat surprisingly released veteran free safety Chris Harris this afternoon, and it didn't take them long to find someone new to take his roster spot. The team announced today that they've claimed linebacker Jabara Williams off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. The Rams cut Williams from their roster earlier this week.
Williams, 22, was the Rams' seventh-round pick from this year's draft. The 2010 Southland Conference defensive player of the year with Stephen F. Austin, he garnered enough attention to be considered a very legitimate late-round draft selection despite playing for a non-FBS team in college.
The rookie only appeared in two games for the Rams this season, although he never recorded a tackle or did anything particularly interesting in that time. He may see some playing time in special teams and appears to have some upside, so he may be able to provide something other than depth to the Bears.