Bears Plan To Pick Up Leonard Floyd's 5th-Year Option

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears plan to pick up the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, general manager Ryan Pace said Monday afternoon during his season-ending press conference.

In doing so, the Bears will be retaining the services of Floyd, their first-round pick in 2016, for the 2020 season. 

"Our plan is to pick up that fifth-year option," Pace said. "He played well, and we’re happy where he’s at. I feel like Leonard is still (trending upward), and I think he felt that as the season was still going on, so that’s something we plan on doing."

Floyd has 15.5 sacks in 38 career games over his first three seasons with the Bears, including four sacks in 2018, his first 16-game season in the league. Floyd had significant injury troubles in his first two seasons, suffering multiple concussions in 2016 and a knee problem in 2017. At the start of 2018, he played through a right hand fracture.

Last offseason, the Bears declined the fifth-year option on receiver Kevin White, a first-round pick in 2015 who's set to become an unrestricted free agent. Two years ago, the team also declined the fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller, whom the Bears then retained by issuing the transition tag and then matching an offer from the Packers last March.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​