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Lions Lose Free Agent Defensive End Willie Young To Bears

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings blocks the progress of Willie Young #79 of the Detroit Lions as Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during the game on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 29: Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings blocks the progress of Willie Young #79 of the Detroit Lions as Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during the game on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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By Ashley Dunkak
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CBS DETROIT – A Detroit Lion since 2010, Willie Young is now a Chicago Bear.

The 28-year-old defensive end played in all 16 games for the Lions in 2013, just as he did in 2012, and he made it into 14 games in 2011. Statistically, last season was his best. He recorded 47 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Young put himself on the radar early in 2013 (not in a positive way) by getting in the face of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during a preseason game. Young received a personal foul and got benched for that action. He later apologized but would not comment on what he said to Brady.

Young went on to have his most productive year yet. As a result, he earned a three-year, $9 million deal with one of Detroit’s NFC North rivals. The Lions will face their former player twice a year going forward.

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