The Bears made Williams the 14th overall pick in 2008 with hopes he could protect the quarterback for a decade-plus.
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Williams was a disappointment. After 16 underwhelming starts at left tackle in 2009, he was moved to left guard. He started another 22 games over the next two seasons at the position, battling injuries and consistency issues from beginning to end.
The Bears have seen enough, and it might be hard for Williams to convince another team he's worth the investment.