4 players the Commanders should hold off giving new deals in 2023
By Dean Jones
Chase Young – Commanders DE
Once considered a generational talent, there are doubts surrounding Chase Young that haven’t been there throughout his football life. The defensive end’s physical gifts cannot be questioned, it’s availability that’s the biggest issue and something that gives the Washington Commanders a pivotal decision to make this offseason.
Young is officially contract-eligible and entering Year 4 of his professional career. The former Ohio State stud turned out just three times late in the 2022 campaign and was brought along gradually, which was another critical factor in Washington missing the playoffs.
Even though Young has the tools needed to become an elite edge rusher, appearing just 12 times over the last two seasons is a concerning trend. One that the No. 2 overall selection in 2020 will look to alleviate when competitive action begins once again.
The Commanders have the option of picking up Young’s fifth-year option which stands to make the player just over $17 million. But even that represents a risk considering how little he’s been on the field.
This will be one of the hottest topics for fans to debate before something is confirmed. While triggering the option is possible, giving Young a bumper new extension is absolutely out of the question based on his current career trajectory.