Bears, DE Young agree to 3-year contract

Updated: March 13, 2014, 2:07 PM ET news services

The Chicago Bears added another pass-rusher Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young on a three-year contract, the team announced on Twitter.
Young’s deal is worth $9 million, including $4 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Bears also announced on Twitter they’ve agreed to a one-year deal with veteran wide receiver Domenik Hixon.
Earlier this week, the Bears reached agreement with Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston on a five-year, $35 million deal, according to sources. The team also released defensive end Julius Peppers.
Young, a former seventh-round pick from NC State, received his first extensive playing time in 2013, becoming a full-time starter after Jason Jones was lost for the season to injury in Week 3. He turned into one of the more disruptive players on Detroit’s defensive line, making 47 tackles, recovering two fumbles and recording three sacks. It was, by far, the most productive season of his career.
He played 730 snaps for Detroit last season, more than the 28-year-old’s first three seasons with the Lions combined. He was primarily an edge rusher last season in Detroit’s 4-3 defense, opposite rookie Ziggy Ansah.
Hixon, 29, spent last season with the Carolina Panthers, catching seven passes for 55 yards and one touchdown. Lions reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.

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