The Chicago Bears may have found their defensive end to play opposite of Lamarr Houston.
On Thursday, the Bears signed free agent defensive end Willie Young to a three-year contract.
Young was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Young started in 15 of the Lions’ 16 games last season while compiling 47 tackles to go along with 3 sacks. In speaking of disruptions, a phrase Bears general manager Phil Emery commonly uses, Young would have been the most disruptive player on the Bears defensive line last season. Young had 15 quarterback hurries last season to go along with 11.5 knockdowns.
With no defensive end opposite of Houston, Young is the leading candidate to fill that hole. Emery stated on Wednesday that the team was in the market for another defensive end and Young’s signing likely ends the Bears pursuit of the defensive end position. Prior to the signing of Young, the Bears were linked to Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. Neal re-signed with the Packers while Allen remains on the free agent market.
With two safeties added and two defensive ends signed, the Bears remain in the market for a defensive tackle as well as a cornerback.