Commanders trade package for Chase Young
Even though the Washington Commanders have refused to entertain trade offers for Chase Young as yet, it's an evolving situation that's worth monitoring from now right up until the 2023 deadline.
The edge rusher is set to become a free agent next spring after those in power opted not to pick up his fifth-year option. This didn't raise many eyebrows considering how things have unfolded since Young's impressive rookie campaign.
Young has been absent from voluntary OTAs, which isn't uncommon for the player. However, many fans believe this to be sending out the wrong message given how much football the defensive end's missed over the last two years.
The Commanders appear willing to let things play out with Young. But it hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning about potential trades.
In a recent feature from Kristopher Knox of The Bleacher Report, the former Ohio State star was touted to the Cincinnati Bengals for a fourth-round selection and linebacker Logan Wilson, who is also heading into the final year of his rookie deal.
"He [Logan Wilson] is a player who could entice Washington, which lacks reliable depth at the linebacker position. Despite having a dominant front, the Commanders defense ranked just 16th in yards per carry allowed (4.4) last season. This could be a win-win trade for two teams getting an opportunity to audition young players at positions of need for the future. The Bengals could chip in a middle-round selection in order to pair Young with 2020 first overall pick Joe Burrow and add the player with greater positional value."- Kristopher Knox, The Bleacher Report
The Commanders are likely to hold out for much more than this based on reports. But if Young starts slowly in 2023 or suffers yet more injury complications, a situation could emerge where Washington gets what it can for a player who was once given the generational tag in college.