What’s Next For Chase Young And Commanders?

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What’s next for Chase Young and the Washington Commanders after the team decided not to pick up his fifth-year option? Young is a former first-round pick for the Commnders in the 2020 NFL draft. The fifth-year option for Young would’ve paid him $17.452 million dollars for 2024. If the two sides do not come to an agreement for an extension Young will become a free agent in March.

Possible Split Coming

Although the fifth-year option was declined by the Commanders doesn’t mean the two sides won’t agree to a new deal. In other words, it was an unexpected turn that only became a real possibility late last season with Young only playing in three games because of a severe knee injury. Young is a highly energetic player who many could say is the heart of the Commander’s defense. He has been a dominant force on the field since being drafted. It may not necessarily be the end but it may be the start of some changes.

Chase Young Was The Best Player In His Draft

Young is regarded by many NFL draft analysts as the best player in his class. He joined a very young defensive line in Washington his first season. That defensive line featured three former first-round picks on it. During his rookie season, Young unquestionably lived up to the hype. Recording a little over seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He was then selected for the Pro Bowl following his rookie season.

Declined Production In 2021

During the 2021 season, Young’s production on the field declined tremendously. Once known for his pass rush, however, it stopped being as effective in 2021 as stated before a tough season got even tougher for him when he tore his ACL and ruptured his patellar tendon in 2021. In essence, he missed the majority of last season healing from those injuries. Since entering into the NFL Young has started 26 games and has missed a total of 22 games. As of late availability has been a major concern for him. It was two injuries in one and were very massive injuries that possibly changed his trajectory.

Motivating Chase Young

Some believe that the team not exercising the option for Young could serve as motivation for the young star. Likewise how the team operated with star defensive tackle Daron Payne. Payne who recently re-signed with the Commanders after not having a new contract last season. Many hope that in this scenario Young steps up in the same manner as Payne. Young’s health and development were major factors in the team’s decision to decline his option. However, the question is now where do the Commanders and Young go from here?

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