Rams Retain Williams

Posted Apr 1, 2013

The Rams helped fortify their depth on the offensive line Monday, as they agreed to terms with guard/tackle Chris Williams on a one-year deal.

Williams, who was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, was released by Chicago on Oct. 16 of last year after playing in 50 games with 38 starts in his four-plus seasons there.

The Rams signed Williams on Oct. 22 and his first week with the team actually came in London as they prepared for their game there against the Patriots.

Williams played in that game as well as the final two games of the season against Tampa Bay and Seattle following the triceps injury to starting right guard Harvey Dahl.

Williams split time with Shelley Smith in stepping in for Dahl. He was inactive the other six games he was with the Rams.

In bringing Williams back, the Rams retain a versatile player capable of playing four positions on the offensive line. Among his 38 career starts, he’s opened 20 games at left guard, 11 at right tackle and seven at left tackle as well as a pair of preseason games at left guard.

After the Rams inked Jake Long to handle the left tackle duties on March 22 and lost Robert Turner to Tennessee in free agency, the line is left with an opening at left guard as well as the need for more depth.

Williams could figure into the mix for the starting left guard job vacated by Turner along with Rokevious Watkins and Smith as well as serving in a backup role at the tackle spots.