Which teams should be showing interest in Washington Commanders defensive end duo Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the 2023 trade deadline?
Speculation continues to gather pace about the Washington Commanders potentially moving either Chase Young or Montez Sweat before the trade deadline. This would be a huge call considering how productive both players have been this season, but there is far more than just on-field performance levels to consider when examining this complex riddle.
The Commanders haven't extended Sweat for some unknown reason and declined Young's fifth-year option before the campaign. While this is in keeping with Ron Rivera's usual approach for good or bad, it's backed the franchise into a corner from a financial point of view with substantial resources already committed to the defensive tackle tandem of Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne.
Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post revealed there had been one offer for Sweat and nothing on the Young front as yet. But there are still a few days for teams to come calling before the all-important October 31 deadline arrives.
On this topic, we picked out four teams that might strike a trade for Young or Sweat in the very near future.
Bears could call Commanders about Chase Young or Montez Sweat
The Chicago Bears might be going nowhere fast in 2023, but they are rich in draft assets and have the necessary salary-cap space to immediately tie Montez Sweat or Chase Young down to a long-term extension. They are also crying out for additional assistance from a pass-rushing perspective with Yannick Ngakoue sitting on just two sacks through seven games.
If the Washington Commanders are intent on moving either one, the Bears would be able to provide high picks in whatever round they demand. Especially if quarterback Justin Fields needs extra time to heal from a thumb complication that kept him out last weekend.
This wouldn't immediately make the Bears a force. But it would improve their chances of attaining long-term success.