Willie Young DL CHI 3 Days
Young had two sacks and four total tackles in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Young feasted on backup tackle Jonathan Martin, using his excellent quickness to win the edge and track down the elusive Colin Kaepernick. With big-money free agent signings Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen mostly quiet through the first two weeks, the under-the-radar addition of Young in the offseason has proven to be a wise one by the Bears. Young has three sacks and eight total tackles despite coming off the bench in both of the team's games.
Willie Young DL CHI 11 Days
Young had a productive debut for the Bears in Sunday's loss to the Bills, recording four tackles, including the team's only sack.
Coming off the bench Sunday, Young outshone both of the Bears' more high-profiled offseason defensive end signings, Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, who combined for two tackles on the afternoon. Given the significant money committed to Allen and Houston, Young is unlikely to displace either as a starter, but he'll still rotate into the game fairly regularly in passing situations.
Willie Young DL CHI 1 Month
Young wasn't able to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars due to a knee bruise, ESPN reports.
Young signed a three-year deal with the Bears during the offseason and is currently one of the main options off the bench at defensive end. Since Thursday's game didn't count for anything, it makes sense that Young and the Bears decided to err on the side of caution.
Willie Young DL CHI 6 Months
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 in Detroit last season. He should play a lot of left end.
Willie Young DL CHI 6 Months
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.
Willie Young DL CHI Aug 23 '13
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.
Willie Young DL CHI Apr 16 '13
Lions DE Willie Young's one-year deal is worth $1.5 million.
That's $500,000 less than the second-round level Young was tendered at as a restricted free agent. It's a sneaky tactic by the Lions, though Young could have forced his way to the open market by calling the Lions' bluff and refusing to sign for less than his tender amount. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus. Young will compete for a starting job in camp, and should have the inside track on starting opposite Jason Jones.
Willie Young DL CHI Apr 15 '13
Lions re-signed DE Willie Young to a one-year contract.
Willie Young DL CHI Mar 12 '13
Lions extended restricted free agent DE Willie Young a second-round tender.
With Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson on the free agent market and Kyle Vanden Bosch run out of MoTown, 27-year-old Young is currently the best defensive end on the Lions' roster. Expect that to change dramatically before Week 1.
Willie Young DL CHI Dec 08 '12
Lions DE Willie Young smashed his middle finger so bad in Week 11 that he considered having it amputated.
We typically don't post information like this, but it's an excuse to talk about Young, who was deemed Detroit's "biggest breakout of this year's preseason." Head coach Jim Schwartz gave his third-year player a lot of love, and some thought Young could be the fallback plan to pending free agent Cliff Avril. Young has played in roughly 25-33 percent of the defensive snaps this season and has amassed a whopping seven tackles with zero sacks. The Lions don't have an heir apparent to Avril on the current roster.