3 pros and cons to the Commanders picking up Chase Young’s option

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Commanders could still get something for Chase Young

There is a middle ground here that deserves consideration. The Washington Commanders might decide to pick up his fifth-year option and leave the rest in Chase Young’s hands.

Young will be highly motivated to prove some ever-growing doubters wrong. It’s also worth remembering that Washington boasts one of the league’s most formidable defensive fronts capable of wreaking havoc on any offensive line.

This should help Young despite some hefty responsibilities on his own shoulders. But if he suffers slight injury problems and puts together a modest campaign, the Commanders have the option of trading the edge rusher to at least get something back in return.

Exactly what Young’s trade market would look like in this eventuality is anyone’s guess. Something that makes it hard to predict what the Commanders can get for an underperforming high-end draft pick with a substantial cap hit in 2024.

However, teams are always willing to bet on players with Young’s skills in the hope they can turn them around. Although getting a first-rounder is unlikely, a Day 2 pick and more could be secured if negotiations go well.

In an ideal world, Young balls out for Washington next season whether he gets his option triggered or not. Before then we’ll find out how the Commanders perceive their future with the player – which could have significant ramifications whichever way it goes.

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