After a career year where he racked up six sacks and 42 tackles from his defensive line spot for the Chicago Bears, Nick Williams is signing with the Detroit Lions on a two-year, $10 million deal according to Adam Caplan.
The 30-year old Williams was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, and he first appeared in an NFL game with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. He played 21 games as a reserve in K.C. before appearing in five towards the end of the 2016 season with the Miami Dolphins. After spending 2017 out of football, the Bears signed him in 2018 and he only made it into two games, but last year he put it all together with 5 starts in 16 games.
Chicago will miss Williams’ hard work, high effort, and locker room presence, but this was too rich a contract for the Bears.
Nick Korte of Over The Cap is projecting the Bears should pick up a 2021 sixth-round compensation pick for losing Williams and he earlier projected the Bears would get a fifth-round comp pick for losing Nick Kwiatkowski to the Raiders.