Commanders News: Eric Bieniemy, Chase Young, Sam Howell and Week 9 upset

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Commanders DC Jack Del Rio's assessment of Chase Young

Trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the 2023 deadline was a bombshell of epic proportions by the Washington Commanders. Nobody expected both starting defensive ends to be moved, which represented a major statement of intent from Josh Harris' ownership group as part of their long-term plan for sustained success.

The Commanders will move forward with what they have right now before taking stock once the season concludes. They have an embarrassment of draft riches to call upon and an abundance of salary-cap space next spring to further strengthen the ranks, so it's a good spot to be in all things considered.

When discussing Washington's decision to remove Young from the equation for nothing more than a compensatory third-round selection, the defensive coordinator conceded via Nicki Jhabvala from The Washington Post this wasn't what anyone had in mind when they selected the pass-rusher at No. 2 overall out of Ohio State.

"There are no guarantees. I am certain of one thing, that is when that pick was selected back then, nobody envisaged that it would go the way it has in terms of missed time through injuries and whatever, and then ultimately it ended up being traded. So, not exactly what we all were kind of anticipating. But, look, he's a great young man. We wish him the very best. For us, we're moving on."

Jack Del Rio via X/Twitter

This seems like the general sentiment. Young never reached the heights expected and despite his undoubted talent, the Commanders might be better off without him long-term given he's due a lucrative contract extension in 2024.