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Bears sign DE Willie Young to three-year, $9M deal

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Willie Young got a three-year deal from Chicago.
Willie Young got a three-year deal from Chicago. (USATSI)

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The Bears continued to shore up their pass rush on Thursday when they signed former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young to a three-year deal the team announced.

Young's deal is worth $9 million per Tom Pelissero of USA Today and features a $2 million signing bonus and $3.95 million in total guaranteed money.

The former N.C. State standout has six sacks in his career, including three last year as a starting pass rusher for the Lions.

He's a nice fit in Chicago, where he can do some damage as a 4-3 rush end.

Phil Emery already made one big move to bolster the Bears attack on quarterbacks, signing Lamarr Houston away from the Raiders on a big $35 million deal.

Of course, Chicago also lost Julius Peppers when they cut the veteran end because of his mammoth cap hit.

Peppers production wasn't huge last year, but those are still farily big of shoes to fill. Fortunately for the new Chicago duo, there's no where to go but up for the Bears defense in 2014.

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