Commanders reiterate Chase Young stance
Much to nobody's surprise, Chase Young didn't show up for the latest batch of OTAs. The defensive end also missed the first official portion of practices, which sent the wrong message to some fans who wanted to see him on the field and ready to work after missing so much time over the last two seasons.
Young is reportedly preparing for the new season alone ahead of a make-or-break campaign for the former No. 2 overall selection. Ron Rivera didn't seem too concerned despite questions about the player's commitment after the Commanders decided not to pick up his fifth-year option, which the edge rusher fully understands according to the head coach.
When asked about Young's status before OTAs on Wednesday, Rivera once again reiterated his stance via Sports Illustrated. If the one-time Ohio State standout stays healthy and shows out, the contract will take care of itself.
"He understands and he's gonna go out and I really believe he's gonna come in and give us everything he's got. If you wanna look at a great example, that's what Daron [Payne] did. You know, our intent is to keep our guys. Guys that produce for us, we want them to be around, want them to be part of what we're doing, so that's pretty much just been the message and I believe he's adapted to it very nicely and he's working hard. I'll be excited to see him when he has to be here."- Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated
Actions speak louder than words at this juncture for Young. Anything less than excellence throughout the 2023 season is going to throw his future into further doubt when one considers Montez Sweat is also on the lookout for a bumper new deal.