GM Phil Emery continues to find pieces hopeful to finishing up a puzzle that leads the Bears back to the postseason. Two free agent signings this morning, the bigger of the two being veteran defensive end Willie Young from the Detroit Lions. Young, to be 29 next season, finally got a chance to start for the Lions in fifteen games in 2013. The 2010 7th round of the Lions had three sacks, and 45 tackles last season.
Young looks to be the bookend for the other free agent signing Lamarr Houston whom the Bears signed on day one of free agency to fill the void of Julius Peppers whom the Bears cut earlier in the week. Young’s deal is three years for a total of $9 million with $3.95 million guaranteed.
The Bears also signed receiver and special teams player Domenik Hixon from the Carolina Panthers. This is a one year deal as Hixon could be in line to take over return duties after Devin Hester, one of the greatest returns in NFL history, Hester became a free agent earlier this week and has yet to sign with another team.
Hixon a 4th round draft pick by the Giants in 2006 was their kick returner back in the 2009 season and was part of their return game during his tenure in New York.
Hixon caught on seven passes last season with the Panthers for 55 yards and a touchdown.