3 reasons Commanders would be insane to trade Chase Young for star QB
By Jerry Trotta
1. Washington has other tradable assets
For crying out loud, people. For crying out loud!
You really want Washington to trade Young when they have Montez Sweat and Daron Payne, arguably two of the most intriguing trade chips in the entire NFL, on the roster? Care to explain the logic behind this bright idea?
It’s long been accepted that there’s going to be one, maybe two, odd men out on the Commanders’ defensive line. With Jonathan Allen locked up, that means one (or two) of Young, Sweat and Payne likely won’t have a future in Landover.
If we had a say in the matter, we’d keep Young and Payne, and include Sweat in a potential blockbuster trade for a star quarterback. In the slim chance that Payne wants out after his sideline spat with Allen and he deleted Washington from his Instagram account, then by all means swap him for Sweat.
For the sake of argument, though, let’s compare Sweat’s best season (2020) to Young’s rookie campaign, which just so happened to be in 2020.
- Sweat: 9 sacks, 12 TFL, 20 QB hits, 6 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles
- Young: 7.5 sacks, 10 TFL, 12 QB hits, 4 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles
Young also added a defensive touchdown and a Pro Bowl for good measure.
We have nothing against Sweat, or Payne for that matter, but fans seemingly not thinking twice about including Young in a package for an Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson when Sweat and Payne are approaching the final year of their rookie contracts (which makes them more tradable) just proves our point.
Don’t overthink this. Trading Young would be an awful look or Washington, regardless of which QB he’d help them net in return. Three first-round picks and one of Sweat or Payne would do the trick. Don’t convince yourselves otherwise.