Willie Young agrees to contract extension with Bears

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The first extension of the Ryan Pace era was a bit of a surprise, but after overcoming an Achilles injury and a position switch from defensive end to outside linebacker - Willie Young, who was already signed through 2016, will be a Chicago Bear for an extra two years.

Pace and the Bears announced the three-year deal today during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.

"Willie is deserving of this," noted Pace. "It's not just the things he does on the field. He takes care of his body. He eats healthy. He keeps his head down and just works. It feels good to reward somebody who has worked as hard as he's worked."

Young is coming off a 6 1/2 sack season and is just two years removed from leading the Bears with a career-best 10 sacks.

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