Bears sign linebacker Williams

Updated: April 21, 2010, 4:43 PM ET
By Michael Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears linebacker Jamar Williams signed his restricted free-agent tender worth $1.176 million on Wednesday, which means he could soon be participating in the club's voluntary workouts.

Williams, who had been tendered by the Bears at the low level, played in every game last season. A fourth-round pick from Arizona State, Williams contributed a career-high 49 tackles last season in addition to two pass breakups and 10 stops on special teams. Williams churned out a career-high 19 tackles at weakside linebacker in Week 13 against St. Louis.

A fifth-year veteran, Williams has posted 78 career tackles, a sack, six pass breakups and 43 tackles on special teams in 51 career games.

Williams and position mate Nick Roach both signed their tender offers this week, leaving the club with just two restricted free agents not yet signed. Defensive back Danieal Manning, who joined the team for conditioning for the first time this offseason earlier this week, hasn't yet signed, along with defensive end Mark Anderson. Both are currently working out with the Bears after signing injury waivers to participate with the team.

Michael Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.