WASHINGTON (BVM) – After being selected No. 2 overall out of Ohio State in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chase Young appeared to be a franchise cornerstone for the Washington Commanders. He proved so with 7.5 sacks in his first season, taking home NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
However, 10 weeks into his second season in the league, Young tore his ACL. He returned to play in just three games in 2022, and didn’t quite look the same.
That may be a reason why the Commanders declined to pick up Young’s fifth-year option this past offseason, leading him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2024. Since, the defensive end has been rumored to be on his way out of the nation’s capital, and that has not changed as the 2023 NFL trade deadline approaches.
Last weekend, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reported that Young and teammate Montez Sweat – who will also become an unrestricted free agent in 2024 – might be on the trade block, with a potential deal hinging on Washington’s play over the next few weeks, as well as what the franchise can get back in return.
On Sunday, the Commanders suffered another brutal loss to their longtime rival, the New York Giants, which was their fourth loss in their last five games. Despite the defeat, Young looked impressive on the field, tallying three total tackles and two sacks – part of five quarterback takedowns he has on the season.
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With Washington’s season trending in the wrong direction, and Young coming off one of his best games of the season, the time might be right for the Commanders to move on from the former No. 2 overall pick. Here are five possible landing spots for Young if he is dealt from Washington.