Commanders DE Chase Young's high stakes
The signs are generally positive surrounding Chase Young at last. His performances throughout camp and practicing without a knee brace have raised confidence in a potential bounce-back campaign next season, which would come at the best possible time after the Washington Commanders declined his fifth-year option earlier this spring.
This means Young is entering a contract year - as is fellow defensive end Montez Sweat. And according to Brad Spielberger from Pro Football Focus, there could be a bidding war for the former Ohio State star's services if the Commanders cannot find a way to keep both their star pass-rushers around.
"There is arguably no player with as much riding on the 2023 season. [Chase] Young’s range of outcomes after the year span from a one-year, prove-it deal to a major contract that reflects his trajectory from his rookie season. If he can stay healthy and produce in a loaded Commanders defense in 2023, and if Washington perhaps cannot keep him around because of commitments to other defensive linemen, it will be truly fascinating to see his market develop. It is very rare for a player of Young’s caliber and draft prestige to reach unrestricted free agency, and several teams may be comfortable enough with his medical situation to enter a bidding war for his services."- Brad Spielberger, Pro Football Focus
Of course, there is a lot of football to be played between now and then. Young has to put a consistent run of games together and produce big numbers before this scenario comes to fruition, but the Commanders should be preparing for every eventuality after potentially backing themselves into a corner.