Free Agent Mario Williams Will Be Pursued Heavily By Chicago Bears

Mario Williams is one of the premier free agents on the market this offseason, and with the Houston Texans reportedly just $650,000 under the salary cap, it looks as the Chicago Bears could be the frontrunners. Jason La Confra of NFL.com is even suggesting that the Bears may be Williams' only recruiting visit.

Why the Bears would make signing Williams a priority should not come as a big shock. Despite playing in just five games after suffering a torn pectoral muscle and being placed on injured reserve for the second straight season, Williams is an absolute beast.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick has produced 53.0 sacks during his six-year NFL career. That's basically .65 sacks per game or more than 10 sacks per 16 games. In his best years, he's produced as much as 14.0 sacks and 59 tackles, although that was in 2007 and offenses have clearly figured out ways to limit his production.

For more on where Williams may go, check out Texans blog Battle Red Blog.

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