After Jared Allen trade, Willie Young asked for one, too

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In trading linebacker Jared Allen to the Panthers, the Bears said the move would allow linebacker Willie Young to get more reps. Young, however, doesn’t want them.

Per a source close to the team, Young asked to be traded in the wake of the Allen deal.

Young, like Allen, prefers playing defensive end in the 4-3 to playing linebacker in the 3-4. Last year as a defensive end in the 4-3, Young had 10 sacks before tearing an Achilles tendon. In three games this year (he didn’t play in Week Three at Seattle), Young has no sacks.

The Bears officially aren’t having a fire sale, but they’ll reportedly listen to anyone who makes an offer. If the Bears believes as Young does that he doesn’t fit in the defense, the Bears should be willing to move on from Young, if they get a decent offer.

Young signed a three-year, $9 million deal before the 2014 season. He has a base salary of $2.45 million this year and next year.

29 responses to “After Jared Allen trade, Willie Young asked for one, too

  1. Young did a great job last year, and was one of the few guys on the Defense to actually show up. Jay Ratliff & maybe Christian Jones were others.

    Maybe they can get another 6th round pick for him?
    Hell, if the Bears gather up all the 6th round picks in next year’s Draft, they’re bound to hit on something.

  2. I don’t blame him. No one wants to find out too late that there is not enough life boats.

    On a serious note, the question really comes down to whether he wants to be a part of an obvious rebuild which could pay off on the other end if he chooses to be an anchor of consistency during a period of inconsistency.

    or

    Bail and fall for the possible trap of grass really not greener on the other side.

  3. When you switch defenses like the Bears have, you should definitely look at scheme fit. Many 4 3 ends are strictly 4 3 ends and don’t have much value in other schemes. With his production they may be able to fetch a decent pick

  4. Mind boggling how a coaching staff can go through game planning and roster planning since March, thrn OTAs, training camp, exhibition games, and then, and only then after 3 weeks more of regular season games, figure out that veteran players like Allen and this guy arent the right fit for the scheme that hasn’t changed since March.

  5. revelation123 says:
    Oct 4, 2015 9:44 PM

    They’ll get a lot in trade for a team player like that.
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    That’s pretty nice sarcasm, but it’s somewhat unwarranted in my book (and I’m a Packer fan).

    The Bears are clearly unafraid to move guys that don’t fit in the direction the new regime wants to go. If Young feels he won’t fit in, and even more importantly, if he doesn’t want to fit in, it’s best for all involved to move him sooner rather than later.

  6. Stinks, he was the only DE that actually didn’t suck last year. He’d be good for someone else if we can get a pick for him. Honestly, it’s most likely a burned year anyway. Now, could Lamarr Houston demand a trade? I’d be happy if we got anything, including just cap space back, to get him off the team. God, what a waste in signings from that whole DEs signing spree last offseason.

  7. It sucks to play on a losing team. You like to think you can turn it sounds and make something of the season, but you know how slim a chance that is. But I absolutely hate it when players ask for a trade. I can see it from his point of view, playing an uncomfortable position, (besides the fact that they suck), but were it me, the team felt enough of me to have me on the roster, so they’d get all I had. Easy for me to say, I know. Just a tough position to be in. I hate it for him, truly. Well, I would, if he didn’t have fat stacks of cash to go home to.

  8. He can come back home to detroit where he should have stayed in the first place. More money doesn’t always mean more happiness. He is a ball hawk and big play willie is worth 2.5 mill.

  9. Good coaches adjust to their players’ strengths. The Bears clearly have a 4-3 personnel, John Fox has a 4-3 background and I think it was a big mistake switching to a 3-4 look. That’s bad head coaching.

  10. They knew a lot of these guys weren’t a fit. But what do you do? They had to pay jared allen if he were cut, traded, or played the year out, he was getting paid. So why not get a pick for him and give some young guys a chance to show they are players in this league? So yes, i should be a fire sale in Chicago for pretty much everybody except mcphee, jefferies, and kyle long.

  11. Why would you want anyone who’s asked for a trade in your locker room? Trade him for a bag of footballs and a Gatorade cooler.

    Agree with roddoliver on the coaching. Four games in and he’s done some questionable things already.

  12. In the NFL it’s current performance that counts so you’d be lucky to get a bag of balls for someone coming off a major injury who hasn’t shown the same pre injury performance.

  13. The only thing that scares me is they have zero depth behind him. They have McPhee, who looks like the real deal. Acho, who is playing pretty well and deserves some time, and Houston, who is still figuring it out. Unless they want to move Jones to OLB (he might actually be a better fit out there than inside), they won’t have a 4th OLB if they move on from Young.

    I thought Young would get traded long before Allen would, so they are a couple of weeks behind where I thought they would be. But he is the only piece on defense that has value in a trade. Low comparative salary, high production as a 4-3 DE, and he looks like he is moving well. Tampa, the Giants, Dallas, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Cincy could all use him. Maybe there is a 3-4 DL (Cullen Jenkins in New York) miscast that they can pull out in the trade, or just getting a 4th round pick would be good.

  14. I think it was a big mistake switching to a 3-4 look. That’s bad head coaching.
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    Except for the fact that the Bears D this year is visibly better than it was the last two years and that’s even with a lack of talent overall and a number of players transitioning over. Vic Fangio is a Top 5 DC in this league and was by far and away the best candidate to come free this past offseason. Pace and Fox wisely determined that it was more important to bring in the best DC available and if that meant switching to a 3-4 even without all the pieces in place roster wise, so be it.

  15. While the Bears are wheeling & dealing they should also be looking to pry loose some backup 3-4 OLBs & CB’s. Get some young, cheap guys in, now, to learn this season and be ready to roll next season.

  16. Mind boggling how a coaching staff can go through game planning and roster planning since March, thrn OTAs, training camp, exhibition games, and then, and only then after 3 weeks more of regular season games, figure out that veteran players like Allen and this guy arent the right fit for the scheme that hasn’t changed since March.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    They knew immediately but his contract rightfully scared away trade partners. Even 4-3 teams have seen Allen’s tape last year in Chicago, and the year before in Minnesota. He’s not in his prime. But once the Bears ate his $11.5 million roster bonus (after he made the team/didn’t get cut after preseason) he became a low risk investment for any team in need of rush help. The Panthers won’t have to pay him much this year and their guy got injured, so the trade made pretty sense for them. Had the injury to Charles Johnson not happened, Allen would probably still be with the Bears. Trades can’t happen just because one team wants it to happen.

  17. The Mis-nomer here is the Bears are using a 4/3 75% of the time….and the fact Young had a YEAR LONG injury at the end of 2014 tells me he’s not ready to play up to his capabilities in the first place.

  18. The trouble is that these guys were all free agents a year and some change ago and no one else really wanted them. Do you really think someone who could have signed Willie Young to a league minimum contract (if Chicago wouldn’t have overpaid him) is going to trade a pick and take over his contract?

    L. Houston is a similar situation. I bet they could find a team on Madden willing to give up a pick. Bears should have made all these moves in May well before camp and the season started. Of course you do have to field a team on Sundays. The best case scenario for them is to lose the rest of their games. It will take a good bit of time to defuse the bomb that Phil Emery set in Chicago.

  19. roddoliver says:
    Oct 4, 2015 11:38 PM
    Good coaches adjust to their players’ strengths. The Bears clearly have a 4-3 personnel, John Fox has a 4-3 background and I think it was a big mistake switching to a 3-4 look. That’s bad head coaching.
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    The Bears didn’t have 11 starting caliber players on defense, let alone “4-3 personnel”. They were historically bad last year. If the vision of the head coach (who has been very successful elsewhere) and the defensive coordinator (who has been VERY successful elsewhere) want to go to a 3-4 would you propose they try to stockpile 3-4 talent while maintaining a starting caliber 4-3 squad as well? You (should) know that it doesn’t work that way. Even with the “wrong” players the defense this year is knocking the socks off what they did last year while still getting rid of Jared Allen who was (I think) the highest paid guy on that side of the ball.

    It’s not bad head coaching. No one in Chicago should believe that the Bears would have been competitive this year. Take a deep breath and see what the new regime does. You should be tickled pink that they didn’t ride out Trestman and Tucker for another season.

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