Bears sign DE Willie Young

Willie Young (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY)

The Chicago Bears have signed former Lions defensive end Willie Young to a three-year contract worth $9 million.

The Chicago Bears continue to revamp the defense. GM Phil Emery today signed former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young to a three-year contract worth $9 million, with $3.95 million guaranteed.

Young was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in 2010. He was a rotational player his first three years but started 15 games last season, picking up 3.0 sacks. For his career, Young has 6.0 total sacks in four seasons.

His sack total last year was low but according to Pro Football Focus, Young had 48 QB pressures in 2013, the third most of any 4-3 defensive end in the league. He's also strong against the run.

Young (6-4, 251) turns 29 the first week of the season and will likely be paired with recently signed Lamarr Houston as Chicago's starting defensive ends.


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