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Willie Young | Linebacker | #97

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 258
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 7 (213) / DET
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Bears signed OLB Willie Young to a two-year extension through 2018.
Young had been entering the final year of his deal. The subject of trade rumors just last year, Young earned his extension with 5.5 sacks over the final seven games. The former Lion now has 16.5 sacks in two seasons with the Bears. He will turn 31 in September. Jul 30 - 9:52 AM

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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Bears and OLB Willie Young are discussing a two-year extension.

Young is due $2.5 million in the final year of his deal. This is quite a turnaround for Young, who requested a trade at the deadline last season. Not a traditional fit in a 3-4 scheme, Young found his footing down the stretch last year, recording 5.5 sacks over the final seven games. With Young, Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and rookie Leonard Floyd all ready to rush the passer, the Bears' remade defense has a chance to take a big step forward.
May 18 - 6:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms Bears OLB Willie Young has requested a trade.

Profootballtalk.com first reported this in early October, but it's worth reiterating ahead of this week's NFL trade deadline. Per La Canfora, Young "badly" wants to play on a team that runs a 4-3 defense. In the Bears' new 3-4, Young has managed four tackles and one sack as a part-time player in six games.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 08:21:00 PM

Pro Football Talk reports Bears OLB Willie Young requested a trade following the departure of Jared Allen last week.

Young was active and played snaps Week 4 against the Raiders after being a healthy scratch Week 3. Like Allen, Young has been miscast as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he would be a great addition for a 4-3 team in need of pass rush help. Young is scheduled to make base salaries of $2.45 million this year and next.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:34:00 PM

Bears OLB Willie Young said he was a healthy scratch Week 3 against the Seahawks.

"There’s nothing wrong with me," Young said. "Didn’t you see me practicing all week?" Young had 10 sacks for the Bears last season, but he is not a good fit as an outside linebacker in Chicago's new 3-4 scheme. It was surprising the Bears kept Young on the initial roster, and it might be best for both sides if they part ways.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 09:20:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bears DE/OLB Willie Young is on the trade block.

Young recorded 10 sacks for the Bears last season, but he tore his Achilles in Week 16 and is not a great fit in the team's new 3-4 scheme. He would be a great pickup for a 4-3 team. Young will likely be released if the Bears cannot move him.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:07:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell confirms Bears OLB Willie Young is on the roster bubble.

Young is coming back from a Week 16 torn Achilles' and trying to adjust to a 3-4 defense after spending his entire career in a 4-3. The scheme change is what's hurting him. Young led the Bears with 10 sacks last season, but Chicago is getting OLB Lamarr Houston back from injury and signed OLB Pernell McPhee. As long as Young is healthy, he'd be a hot name should he be part of final cuts.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 09:03:00 AM

Willie Young is listed as a third-team outside linebacker on the Bears' initial training camp depth chart.

The switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 isn't going well for Young, and he may be on the trade block in Chicago following an impressive 10-sack season. Despite blowing out his Achilles' in Week 16, Young avoided active/PUP to open camp. There would be no shortage of interested teams should he hit the market.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Bears OLB Willie Young avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

Only eight months removed from tearing his Achilles', it is something of a surprise Young avoided the PUP. Young has yet to participate in any team drills, but he should be good to go soon. A standout at 4-3 defensive end last season, Young will be asked to move to outside linebacker in the Bears' new 3-4 scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 08:26:00 AM

Coach John Fox said OLB Willie Young (Achilles') is "week-to-week."

Young blew out his Achilles' in Week 16. He was one of the lone defenders to show up on gameday for the Bears last season, leading the team with 10 sacks and playing above-average run defense as a 4-3 end. He'll now be asked to play in a two-point stance as a 3-4 edge rusher. Young may start camp on PUP.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 01:12:00 PM

Bears LE Willie Young tore his left Achilles' tendon during Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Young will need surgery to repair the tendon. It's a frustrating end to a breakout season for the ex-Lion, who signed a three-year deal with the Bears in March. Young leads the team with 10 sacks and has been stout in run defense.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 09:22:00 PM

Bears DE Willie Young left Sunday's Week 16 game against the Lions with an Achilles' injury.

Young went down on a non-contact play and had to be carted off. The ex-Lion is likely done for the season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Bears signed DE Willie Young, formerly of the Lions, to a three-year, $9 million contract.

Young get $3.95 million guaranteed. Renovating the defensive line was GM Phil Emery's focus heading into free agency, and he's replaced DEs Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton with Lamarr Houston and Young. 28-year-old Young amassed 48 quarterback hurries last season. He should play a lot of left end.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Free agent DE Willie Young is visiting the Jaguars.

The Lions were high on Young the past few seasons, but he registered just six sacks across his last 46 games. He started 15 games mostly at left end last season and generated an impressive 48 hurries, which was third-most among 4-3 ends. Disruption is production. Young could flourish under coach Gus Bradley.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 06:43:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz benched DE Willie Young for his personal foul in Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots.

The Lions somehow committed five personal fouls in the exhibition tilt, living up to their bad reputation. "We didn’t want any more personal fouls," Schwartz said succinctly afterward. Increased discipline will be a must if the Lions are to bounce-back from their disastrous 2012 in any meaningful way.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 08:37:00 AM

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3RB1Jeremy Langford
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3Logan Paulsen
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