DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Roy Williams #11 of the Chicago Bears tries to escape the tackle of Eric Wright #21 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 24-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears' buy-low free agent of the 2011 season, Roy Williams, hopes to have a second shot in 2012.
According Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams would like to return to Chicago next season. Despite suffering from several key drops in the 2011 season, Williams actually leads the Bears wide receivers with a 59% catch rate according to Football Oustiders.
In total, Williams has accrued 447 receiving yards in 2011 -- behind only Matt Forte (490) and Johnny Knox (727). Despite his limited yardage and usage this year, would Williams want to return to the Bears in 2012?
"Most definitely," he said. "I’m just trying to make plays. It’s a great group of guys, a great group of receivers. I think we all complement each other.
"But I don’t run this team. I do what they tell me to do. If they tell me to go home, I go home. If they tell me to sign this piece of paper, I’ll sign it."
Many analysts expect the Bears may choose to draft a wide receiver in the middle rounds of 2012 NFL Draft, much like they selected Knox in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft, to try to find greater production from their passing game -- which could make the 30-year-old Williams expendable.
However, the salary tracking website spotrac reports Williams had a $1.5 million base salary in his 1-year deal with the Bears, making him a rather affordable free agent option at the wide out position. And given his down year production-wise, Williams may even be willing to take a pay cut in order to get more than one year guaranteed.
Williams will have one more chance to prove himself in Week 17 as the Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings on New Year's Day.