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Young signs a Deal & Other Bears News

Back in June, Willie Young expressed his want to resign with the Chicago Bears.  And before the Bears went full pads Saturday in Bourbonnais, IL, Young inked a two year extension with the Bears.WillieYoung1  

A former 7th round pick by Detroit in 2010, Willie Young signed a three-year, $9 million deal during the 2014 off-season. Young outperformed that contract, accumulating 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons. His transition from a defensive end in a 4-3 to a 3-4 outside linebacker has been a success and a reason GM Ryan Pace gave him the extension. “It feels good to reward somebody who has worked as hard as he’s worked,” Pace said Saturday at Bears camp. “He’s a productive player, and most importantly a great teammate.”

Young tore his Achilles in Week 16 of the 2014 season and came back in 2015 with 6.5 sacks, second on the team. Young is an explosive and aggressive player.  Pernell McPhee, Leonard Floyd, Lamarr Houston, Sam Acho, and Young headline the Bears pass rushers this season. Second year defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has this defense rolling. The Bears did not make the playoffs last year, but toward the end of the 2015-2016 season, the Bears defense started to take shape and showed moments of how great the 3-4 could be in Chicago.

In other news, rookie Leonard Floyd exited day one of camp due to an illness and did not go on day two (Friday).  Floyd went full gear on Saturday but was limited by Bears staff as he is still recovering.

KevinWhiteBearsKyle Long strained his calf on Thursday and was in a walking boot.  He has not spoken to the media about it but head coach John Fox says it is not serious and he is day to day. When Pace spoke today, he said Long is out of the boot and is progressing to get back.

Bears staff,teammates, and fans have gotten their first look of wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White on the field together. Jeffery, who did not find common ground with the front office over a long term deal, wants the Bears to become one of the most dominate wide receiver cores in the NFL.  On the other side of the field, Kevin White compared getting back on the field to a “little kid in a candy store.” White says he always has something to prove and is looking forward to the season.

The Bears first preseason game is Thursday, August 11th vs. Denver Broncos at Soldier Field.

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