Bears Release Williams, Sign Bowman

As the Bears prepare for the Lions, they made two roster moves that means saying goodbye to a former first-round draft pick and saying hello to a former Bear.

Offensive lineman Chris Williams was released, and cornerback Zack Bowman was signed.

Williams' release isn't a surprise. He was inactive in the last two games. J'Marcus Webb won the training camp battle to be the starter at left tackle.

Williams is yet another first-round draft pick who the Bears have given up on. He was drafted in 2008 by then-general manager Jerry Angelo in the same draft that yielded Matt Forte, Earl Bennett and Bowman. Before Williams, they traded away Greg Olsen, and released Tommie Harris and Cedric Benson.

Bowman played for the Bears the last four seasons, but was signed by Minnesota in the off-season. He was released in early September by the Vikings. He's expected to bring depth to the Bears cornerbacks. Bowman has seven interceptions over four seasons.

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