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Bears exercise fifth-year option for Floyd

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The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that they have exercised the fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd's contract, locking up the linebacker through the 2020 season.

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 ppg).

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