Data Scout Notes: 2ndM/PLombardi/PNagurski/PBednarik/PHendricks/P1stM/HM M
Post-Draft Outlook: Round 7/213 -- Willie Young, DE, 6-5, 251, North Carolina State: Young is athletic, but there were questions about his consistency, toughness and durability in college. He will be a 25-year-old rookie. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Willie Young News
07/30/16 - Moving to solidify their pass rush for the future, the Chicago Bears late Friday night signed outside linebacker Willie Young to a contract extension for two additional years. The move makes Young a Bear through 2018.
"We did this because of everything he brings to the table," general manager Ryan Pace said Saturday morning at Bears practice. "He's a productive player, he's a good player and most importantly he's a good teammate."
The deal was done just before midnight.
"It was late last night, so we went a little past his curfew," Pace said. "So he was excused."
Young, who has 174 tackles, 22.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in 78 career NFL games, would have been in the final year of his three-year, $9 million deal with the Bears.
Young had a team-high 10 sacks in 2014, then last year came back from a torn Achilles suffered in the final game of the 2014 season and made 6.5 sacks while changing from 4-3 defensive end to outside linebacker in a 3-4.
"It feels good to reward somebody that's worked as hard as he's worked and overcome the injury last year, and the leader that he is out there mentoring our younger players," Pace said. "I feel really good about it. It's good for our locker room, it's good for our team."
Pace said he first thought Young could make the conversion from 4-3 end to 3-4 linebacker about midway through last year.
Young was viewed by some as an edge rusher only when he played with Detroit before coming to the Bears. Pace has found something different.
"For him, he's not a one-trick pony," Pace said. "He can win multiple ways in his pass rush, which we like. But he sets the edge really stout.
"You'd think for a guy that tall and lean you'd worry about stoutness and whatever. We don't at all because he's got some good upper body strength and he uses his hands well and he separates and sheds. So I just think he's a well-rounded player that's adjusted well to the scheme."
Young had confidence a deal could
12/31/15 - LB Willie Young (rib) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He suffered the injury in Sunday's game but returned to play.
12/23/14 - DE Willie Young (Achilles) was placed on reserve/injured by the Bears Tuesday (Dec. 23). In 2014 Young set a career-high with 10 sacks, which currently paces the Bears and is tied for 13th in the NFL and tied for sixth in the NFC. Young has appeared in 15 games with eight starts this season, recording 55 tackles – including 10 sacks and three additional TFLs - his first career forced fumble, three pass break-ups and 13 quarterback pressures. Young also added a blocked field goal on special teams for Chicago this season.
12/21/14 - DE Willie Young, who leads the Bears with 10 sacks, left the game with an Achilles injury in the third quarter and apparently is done for the year.
12/15/14 - DE Willie Young recorded one sack against the Saints, giving him 9 1/2 for the season. He had only six, total, in three previous NFL seasons.