It has been a pretty tough start to the free agency period for the Detroit Lions despite the signing of Golden Tate yesterday to a five-year deal. Strapped with salary cap issues, the Lions, who watched Willie Young grow into a prominent defensive end in 2013, his first as a regular starter, saw him leave for their division rival Chicago Bears today.
The 28-year-old Young agreed to a three-year, $9 million dollar contract, $4 million of which is guaranteed. He also joins Lamarr Houston who also just signed a long-term deal giving the Bears a pair of younger, energetic defensive ends that should be able to cause havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
Look for the Lions to look for Young’s replacement during May’s NFL Draft.