Willie Young, Bears reportedly talking extension

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Linebacker Willie Young asked the Bears to trade him last year around the same time the team was dealing away Jon Bostic and Jared Allen, but no deal was struck and Young remains with the Bears heading into the 2016 season.

The stay could extend well beyond this year. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report and Adam Caplan of ESPN are both reporting that the Bears and Young are having discussions about a contract extension.

Young made the move from defensive end to outside linebacker under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio last season and turned in 30 tackles, 6.5 sacks and an interception while making eight starts in his 15 appearances in the lineup. He had 5.5 sacks in the final seven weeks of the season, which could be due to increased comfort in the lineup or increased distance from his 2014 torn Achilles.

Whatever the reason for the improved play, it appears to have improved Young’s feelings about staying in Chicago as well. The Bears already have Lamarr Houston and Pernell McPhee under contract beyond this season and they drafted Leonard Floyd in the first round, so they’re pretty well stocked at outside linebacker at present and it looks like they want to stay that way.

5 responses to “Willie Young, Bears reportedly talking extension

  1. I like this move a lot. Willie Young for one is an outstanding human being and overall great locker room guy and an above average to really good NFL player. Defensive Captain material. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the C next year if this goes through.

    While no one expected him to be long for the Bears when Fangio took over the D (never plated 3-4 in his life), Young showed his stand up pass rush game could translate to OLB and he did pretty good last year. 6-7 sacks or something like that. While he is injury prone, he does turn 75% of the Tackles into turnstiles when he is on the field. I can’t help that the Bears would make this move with Leonard Floyd in mind as well. The rookie pass rusher can fall back on WY and learn from him, as he too is a large, lanky fast pass rusher who moves around between DT and OLB depending on scheme specific Defense that his in.

    If the Bears don’t go overboard with $$$ on his extension (and why would they), this is a home run.

  2. Agree with Wallyspo. Willie made a lot of noise about not really liking the 3-4 when Fangio came in, but then not only accepted it but applied himself to it and wound up doing really well. Leonard Floyd is far from a sure bet and even if he turns into a great player he may not flash a lot until he adds a season’s worth of strength and NFL experience. Young is great insurance to have as well as a good mentor.

  3. Good, I like the fisherman celebration after the sack. Much more than the other guy’s way, of jumping in the air to celebrate his first one. And tearing his knee. In a blowout loss to new england. Near the middle of the season.

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