The Bears on Monday signed cornerback Tavon Young to a one-year contract.
The 28-year-old spent his first six seasons with the Ravens, appearing in 50 games with 24 starts and recording 127 tackles, four interceptions and 16 pass breakups.
“Tavon has proven he can play in this league,” said general manager Ryan Poles. “We look for him to improve our secondary unit and are excited about him being a Chicago Bear. We would like to thank Adisa Bakari and Jeff Whitney from The Sports and Entertainment Group for helping bring him to Chicago.”
Young was selected by Baltimore in the fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Temple. He played in all 16 games with 11 starts as a rookie, registering 53 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups—all of which remain career highs.
Young missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL he sustained in an OTA practice. He returned to appear in 15 games with six starts in 2018, compiling 37 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups. The 5-9, 185-pounder also recovered two fumbles—and returned them both for touchdowns, a 12-yarder in a win over the Falcons and a 62-yarder in a victory over the Chargers.
Young sat out the entire 2019 season with a neck injury and then tore his ACL in the second game of the 2020 campaign, missing the rest of the year. He returned in 2021 to play in all 17 games with seven starts, generating 35 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups. His lone pick came against Patrick Mahomes and helped the Ravens rally for a 36-35 win over the Chiefs.