Bears to pick up fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd
Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd has been with the team since 2016 and is one of the more promising young linebackers in the league. The Bears have announced that they will be picking up Floyd’s fifth-year option, and it appears as though he’ll be with the team for at least the next two seasons.
According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Floyd appears to be in the Bears’ plans for the foreseeable future as he has clearly improved each season. Floyd was also able to play in and start all 16 games this season.
“Floyd will be under contract with the Bears through the 2020 season, and his salary for 2020 will rise to around $13 million. That salary will be guaranteed for injury, meaning if Floyd gets hurt in 2019 and can’t play in 2020, the Bears would still have to pay him, but if he’s healthy the Bears could choose to release him.”
The Bears must like the linebackers that come of the University of Georgia considering they drafted Roquan Smith this season to complement Floyd. Floyd had his highest tackle total of his young career with 49 total tackles. He also had four sacks and one interception, as well as four defended passes.
The Bears’ defense was 2018’s best unit, and a lot of that success was due in part to their extremely fast, ball-hawking players such as Floyd. The addition of Khalil Mack was the missing piece the Bears needed as they were solid prior to Mack’s arrival, but elite with him.