Bears & OLB Willie Young Discussing Two-Year Extension, Deal Considered A “50-50”



According to Jason Cole of B/R, the odds of the Bears OLB Willie Young signing a two-year extension with the team is now considered to be “50/50.”

  • Cole adds that the Bears’ offer to Young is good enough that he has to at least to consider.


Jason Cole of B/R, citing multiple sources reports that the Bears and OLB Willie Young are in talks regarding a two-year contract extension.

According to Cole, an agreement could be in place at some point in the near future. However, a deal is “not definite” right now.

Young reportedly requested a trade last year and has been a popular in trade rumors since then. However, it appears as though the Bears are at least open to the idea of keeping him around and ensuring some depth at outside linebacker in the coming years.

Young, 30, is currently in the final year of his three-year, $9 million contract that included $3.95 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $2.45 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Young appeared in 15 games for the Bears and recorded 30 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 24 edge rusher out of 110 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding a potential contract extension for Young as the news is available.

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