The Bears reached terms Friday with cornerback Roosevelt Williams, the first draft pick to agree to a deal. Williams will sign a three-year contract worth $1.427 million. Williams, a third-round draft pick and the Bears' second choice, will receive a $522,000 signing bonus with a base salary of $225,000 for this season. He will earn $300,000 in 2003 and $380,000 in 2004.
The Tuskegee product will have an opportunity to step as the Bears nickel corner in his rookie year. Jerry Azumah and Mike Green both spent time as the Bears 3rd cornerback last season, but are expected to start because of the free agent departures of Walt Harris and Tony Parrish. Williams will battle for playing time with Todd McMillon and Reggie Austin.
At 5-11, 204 pounds, he is the team's biggest cornerback, which is a major reason Chicago selected him. He isn't the fastest defensive back, but his strength helps him overcome adequate speed.