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The Chicago Bears released former first round pick Chris Williams on Tuesday.
Chicago Bears offensive tackle Chris Williams was waived by the Bears on Tuesday but he's confident that he will be able to sign and play on another team this season.
Williams told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
"It seemed to be I was never the guy Tice wanted in a lot of ways," Williams said. "I wanted to be starting. Felt like I could start.
"Now, I will get an opportunity to play somewhere, and I'm excited about that. The Bears are a good team. They will do well and I will miss the guys. It sucks being released, but sitting on the bench here for the whole year wasn't going to help me in free agency. Now, I'll get a chance somewhere else."
Williams was selected by the Bears 14th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and has started 38 of the 50 in which he has appeared in the past five seasons. Despite being drafted as a left tackle, 20 of Williams' starts came at left guard, 11 at right tackle while only seven came at the left tackle spot. Williams has been inactive the past two games for the Bears and replaced in the lineup by Jonathan Scott.
Williams' departure also represents the failure of former general manager Jerry Angelo to draft talent in the first round. Only four of Angelo's eight first round selections are still in the NFL and only one (Gabe Carimi) is currently on the Bears' roster.
Williams says he is flying to meet with another team on Tuesday night and will have multiple offers from teams to choose from.