The Bears and outside linebacker Willie Young are in talks on a two-year contract extension, according to multiple sources.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole sent out a tweet with the update.
According to multiple sources, #Bears and LB/DE Willie Young in talks on a 2-year contract extension. Could be done soon, but not definite.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) May 18, 2016
The Bears signed Young to a three-year deal in 2014 in Phil Emery’s final season as general manager with the intent to line him up as a 4-3 defensive end.
But when the Bears fired Emery and head coach Marc Trestman, they brought in John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and switched to a 3-4 base defense last year. The scheme change forced Young to outside linebacker, and he wasn’t keen on being referred to as a linebacker.
But after leading the Bears with 10 sacks in 2014 and tallying 6.5 last year, the Bears want to keep the pass rusher in the fold for a couple more seasons. General Manager Ryan Pace spoke of his desire to add as many pass rushers to the fold as possible, and the selection of Leonard Floyd in the first round of April’s draft does not diminish Young’s role in the defense.