(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bears have filled their hole at linebacker.
The Bears signed former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year deal on Friday after they could not reach a deal with long-time Bear Brian Urlacher.
The deal is for $900,000, but can be worth as much as $1.75 million if Williams reaches incentives.
“We are happy to welcome D.J. to the Bears and are excited to start working with him,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement.
Williams was suspended for six games last season after two separate drug test issues. Then, comissioner Roger Goodell added three more games to the punishment after Williams was found guilty of driving while impaired during an incident in 2010.
The 30-year old made 141 tackles in 2007, a career-high.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN