It did not take Damien Williams long to find a new home. The former Kansas City Chiefs running back is signing with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Bears have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal with former Super Bowl hero RB Damien Williams, source said. Lots of familiarity, as he knows Matt Nagy’s offense from KC, and he was OC Bill Lazor with the #Dolphins.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2021
As Rapoport notes, former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy is the head coach of the Bears, and Williams has a connection to their current offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from their time in Miami.
Williams, 28, caught on with the Chiefs following his four-year tenure with the Dolphins (2014-17), initially serving a backup role behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware before taking a piece of the lead role during the 2019 season. Unable to consistently stay healthy during the regular season, Williams did most of his damage for the Chiefs during the 2018 and 2019 postseasons, when in five games, he compiled 81 rushes for 355 yards and six rushing touchdowns, as well as 21 catches for 185 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Williams drew some consideration for the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player, as he rushed 17 times for 104 yards, caught four passes for 29 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game. He opted out of the 2020 season in part to take care of his sick mother.