Bears planning to keep Leonard Floyd around, pick up fifth-year option on linebacker
Leonard Floyd has proven to be a great selection out of Georgia and now the Bears have rewarded the former Bulldog by deciding to pick up the linebacker’s fifth-year option two seasons in advance.
Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, No. 9 overall in that draft, Floyd left Georgia early to try his hand at professional football following the firing of Mark Richt in Athens. In his third season with the team, Floyd registered a total of 47 tackles, four sacks and 11 quarterback hits for the Bears.
The news of Chicago’s decision to pick up Floyd’s fifth-year option was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN and is also being reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. Following this decision, Floyd is now scheduled to make $13.2 million in the 2020 season with the Bears.
May 3 is the deadline for teams to exercise options on the contracts of their 2016 first-round picks.