Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is due more than $13 million in 2020 after the Bears decided to pick up his fifth-year option prior to the 2019 season. The expectation was that he'd finally reach his potential as a pass-rusher in his second year playing opposite Khalil Mack.

Instead, Floyd ended the season with a career-low three sacks.

"We're happy with Leonard," Pace said Tuesday from Halas Hall. "I know the stats don't always say that. Leonard does a lot of things that go a little undervalued. The versatility he provides, things he can do in coverage. Not a lot of outside linebackers that can provide the versatility he provides."

Floyd finished 11th on the Bears in tackles (40) and trailed only Mack in quarterback pressures (39) per Pro Football Focus. His 63.7 coverage grade ranked fifth among Bears starters in 2019.

Still, Floyd will be viewed as a disappointment unless he can develop as a pass rusher.

"Would we like more production with him? Yeah," Pace said. "Would he like that? Yeah. There's a lot of things he does that we like. "

Pace offered some reasons why Floyd's sack totals haven't been where the team hoped they'd be by now.

"There's a lot of times this year he's so close. If you look at his pressures, hits in the series, they're up there. The sack production, not so much. In a lot of ways, too, you look at the sack production of our entire defense. How many times this year were we playing with big leads before they could really pin their ears back?"


At some point, excuses fall on deaf ears. He has just 18.5 sacks in 54 games. As a result, it's not a given the Bears will actually stick with Floyd in 2020. They can rescind the fifth-year option if they choose to.

"As far as his contract, we're never going to get into those things. We like Leonard, glad he's here. Like a lot of our players. Does he want to play better? Yeah. Can he play better? Yeah. We'll see going forward." 

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