Hurd is also an excellent special-teams player, having totaled 34 tackles over the past two seasons. In some ways, he is a bigger version of Rashied Davis, the Bears' longtime receiver/special-teams ace who agreed to terms earlier this week with the Detroit Lions.
If you're going to add a veteran from outside, it makes perfect sense for that player to offer a different skill set than existing personnel. There is no question about that for Williams or Hurd. They are the Bears' answer for the decision to part ways with tight end Greg Olsen, who provided height and muscle in the passing game, except they won't be asked to block at the line of scrimmage.
I'm guessing Hurd will play a complementary role in the offense. As for Williams, I think we need to see how things shape up in training camp before knowing the extent to which he'll change the Johnny Knox-Earl Bennett-Devin Hester dynamic.
A few years ago, Williams would have arrived as an unquestioned No. 1 receiver. At this point, we'll have to see whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz can revive his career. Martz is said to prefer smaller receivers, but during the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Lions, Williams proved a big man can have wild success in this scheme. In 28 games over that time period, Williams caught 146 passes for 2,148 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Here's the best way to view the past 24 hours for the Bears: They swapped Olsen for Williams. As you know, I thought Martz would figure out a way to better utilize Olsen's skills. But if that wasn't meant to be, and if Williams still has some productive years in the tank, this swap made some sense.