Bears Roster 2012: Chris Williams Officially Moving To Tackle, According To Source

What was once rumor is now fact, according to ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright. The Chicago Bears are officially moving ex-first round pick Chris Williams back to tackle after starting him at left guard for each of the past two seasons.

Williams is expected to compete for the team's starting left tackle spot along with incumbent starter J'Marcus Webb and possibly right tackle Gabe Carimi. Chicago's offensive line has been a sore spot for years running, but the new Bears brain trust, led by first year general Phil Emery, did not decide to address the team's pass protection in this year's draft.

Per Wright, Williams hasn't started a game at tackle since Week 2 of the 2010 season against the Dallas Cowboys, a game in which Williams injured his hamstring on the opening drive. His final start prior to that was in the opener against the Detroit Lions, in which the Bears infamously gave up four sacks.

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