Former Lions DE Willie Young signs deal with Chicago Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon on Thursday.
Young joins a defense that is getting a makeover after struggling in a big way last season. The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers this week and brought in defensive end Lamarr Houston from Oakland, linebacker Jordan Senn from Carolina and safeties Ryan Mundy (New York Giants) and M.D. Jennings (Green Bay).
The 28-year old Young spent four years with Detroit. He had 47 tackles, three sacks, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries last season.
Hixon had seven catches for 55 yards with Carolina in 2013. He has experience returning kickoffs and punts but did neither for the Panthers.
He previously played for Denver (2006-07) and the New York Giants (2007-12). In Chicago, he'll be reuniting with quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall, his teammates with the Broncos.

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