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Chase Young Commanders

These 3 Teams Should Trade For Chase Young

  • Justin Melo
  • June 8, 2023
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The Washington Commanders are “open to listening” to trade offers for EDGE Chase Young, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. The Commanders declined the fifth-year option on Young’s contract earlier this offseason. Young is now scheduled to enter a fate-deciding campaign in 2023 and his future with the organization remains in doubt.

Can the Commanders afford to sign Young to an extension after already paying Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen? The situation is more complicated than it seems. EDGE is a premier position and as teams experience injuries throughout training camp, it could ramp up a sense of urgency to acquire a potential difference-maker like Young.

Young is hoping to experience a bounce-back campaign after suffering through wasted seasons in 2021 and 2022. Injuries have derailed Young’s path to greatness, but a change of scenery could be fruitful. We’ve identified three potential landing spots for Young via trade.


The Bears recorded a league-low 20 sacks throughout the 2022 campaign. They couldn’t realistically address every sizable roster hole this offseason despite being the original holder of the No. 1 selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. General manager Ryan Poles picked and chose which positions to upgrade via free agency, but he didn’t appropriately address the EDGE position.

Modest free-agent signings such as DeMarcus Walker and Rasheem Green aren’t enough to solve the Bears’ pass-rushing woes. Young would immediately become Chicago’s biggest threat. The Bears are scheduled to possess more than $84 million in cap space next summer, per Spotrac. They could afford to sign Young to a lucrative extension after acquiring him.


The Lions finally located a defensive stud to build around in Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson was remarkable as a rookie pass-rusher, having recorded 11.0 sacks, 53 pressures, and 37 quarterback hurries. Hutchinson would have been a shoo-in for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors if not for Sauce Gardner’s historic season.

General manager Brad Holmes now shifts his attention to partnering Hutchinson with an appropriate running mate. Hutchinson led all Lions defenders in sacks despite being a first-year player, and the second-place finisher was breakout stud James Houston. Houston was a revelation that must prove he can be a consistent 17-game performer. Adding Young would see the Lions pair together two of college football’s most exciting pass rushers in recent memory.


Giants general manager Joe Schoen solidified his team’s direction by retaining both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley this offseason. Head coach Brian Daboll is expecting to qualify for the playoffs for a second consecutive campaign after surpassing expectations in 2022. Improving a modest pass rush that amassed a middling 41.0 sacks last year would go a long way.

A healthier Kayvon Thibodeaux is expected to take a step forward after recording 4.0 sacks as a rookie. Are Azeez Ojulari and Oshane Ximines suitable secondary pass rushers behind Thibodeaux? The jury remains out on both players. Young would raise the Giants’ defensive performance ceiling as they prepare to compete for the NFC East division title alongside the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

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Justin Melo