Willie Young has experienced some tough times. Now, he might have smoother sailing.

A few years ago, Young tore his Achilles tendon, and the former defensive end was heading into a new 3-4 scheme. The future was up in the air for Young, who came to the Bears from the Detroit Lions. Young had played defensive end, but was moved to Outside Linebacker under Vic Fangio’s new defense.

He got healthy and played well last season and was just rewarded with a new two year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

At 6’ 4”, 258 lbs, last season Young made his presence known. He had a team leading ten sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. He even had his first career interception. Young made some big plays, and the Bears took notice.

The Bears liked his physical ability and aggressiveness and inked him to a new deal. Young will join a revamped linebacker corps with players picked up in free-agency, among them Danny Trevathan, who played with Denver last season. The linebackers look to be a strong part of the Bears team going into training camp.