Bears pick up the option year on Leonard Floyd’s contract

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 22: Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Ed Dickson #84 of the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Leonard Floyd is a core piece of what the Bears’ hope will be a championship team going forward. They made that clear Wednesday when they exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Floyd will be entering his fourth year with the Bears in 2019 after being selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. He has started 38 games in which he has played over his career, including all 16 games last season. He has totaled 15.5 sacks, 23 tackles-for-loss, 32 quarterback hits and one interception return for a score.

Floyd recorded a season-high 7.0 sacks in 12 games in his first season, the third most all-time among Bears rookies, and 4.5 sacks in 10 games in 2017. Floyd was a mainstay at linebacker last season, recording 4.0 sacks, a 19-yard Pick-6 in Week 9 at Buffalo and a sack in the Wildcard Playoff game vs. the Eagles. He was a big part of a Bears defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in the NFL in takeaways (36), interceptions (27), INT returns for touchdowns (5), three-and-out percentage (.268), fewest first downs allowed (278/17.3 pg), fewest rushing yards allowed (80.0 pg) and fewest points allowed (17.7 pg).

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