Recently released Chicago Bears offensive lineman Chris Williams told the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times that he was going to meet with the Eagles on Wednesday.

The team did not confirm he made a visit.

Williams, the Bears' 2008 first-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt University, was released by the Bears on Tuesday after a disappointing career in Chicago.

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"Now, I will get an opportunity to go play somewhere and I'm excited about that," Williams told the Tribune on Tuesday. "The Bears are a good team. They will do well and I will miss the guys. It (stinks) being released and that type of thing. But sitting on the bench here for the whole year wasn't going to help me in free agency. Now, I'll get a chance somewhere else."

Williams, who played with Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate Josh Eames on Vanderbilt's offense line, may get a chance to play left tackle for the Eagles. Both Demetress Bell and King Dunlap have played there this season with five-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters still sidelined with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that Peters, who was hurt in March, has not yet been cleared to start practicing.

Williams made 38 starts for the Bears, including 20 at left guard, after being shuffled from left tackle to right tackle to left guard.

''I think sometimes it just doesn't work,'' Bears coach Lovie Smith told the Sun-Times Tuesday. "There's not a good explanation I can give you, except when you see that it's not going to work out, it's time to move on. And that's what we did.''



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