Rookie offensive tackle Chris Williams has avoided a holdout by agreeing to a 5-year deal with the Bears, just hours before the first practice of training camp.

Williams, as you may recall, publicly stated that the word “holdout” was not in his vocabulary just after being drafted by the Bears. However, with the clock winding down toward training camp, Bears fans were nervous that the word might have been added.

Having Williams report on time is extremely important, especially with him taking over arguably the most important position on the offensive line. While not guaranteed the starting job at left tackle, he will most likely be given it before long.

Williams’ addition upgrades two positions: the left tackle, where he’ll play, and right tackle, where John Tait will move to. Tait is a better fit at right tackle and is an improvement over Fred Miller from a season ago.