The play of Roy Williams has done nothing to allay concerns and needs for top-tier help at wide receiver for the Bears. But with the injury to Johnny Knox and Devin Hesters development arrow no longer pointing up as a wide receiver, Williams is an enigmatic possibility for 2012.
Williams has said for some weeks that he would like to be re-signed with the Bears and said it again Wednesday.
But he will not command anything close to the 2.4 million (with incentives) he could have received with the one-year Bears contract. A veteran-minimum offer in the 810,000 range is likely the maximum the Bears will offer a now-journeyman wideout who has just 33 catches for 447 yards through 15 largely disappointing games.
I feel like I made plays when the opportunity came, said Williams, who has had a pattern of minimizing mistakes and has been less than half the 70-80-catch receiver coordinator Mike Martz predicted in training camp.
Of course everybody's going to bring up the negatives, which is fine. But for the most part I made enough plays, and I'll be happy to sign, but if not, I'll continue on elsewhere. I love playing this game. I love the game, I love the game on Sundays. I don't like waking up on Mondays feeling like I'm 65, but the work week and the game day, you can't beat it. It's a great feeling.
This is a good football team. I'm looking for a team to go to the playoffs and go to the Super Bowl, and I don't think there's another team than the Chicago Bears, in my honest opinion.