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Washington  commanders   were  reportedly  “tired”  of Chase Young for one  peculiar  reason – ESPN’s John Keim

Jan 1, 2024 #49ers, #Chase Young

In 2020, the Washington Commanders selected Ohio State star Chase Young as one of their best players with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Ron Rivera-led Chiefs didn’t hesitate to make the quirky 6-foot-5 pass rusher their top pick, hoping he would quickly develop into a franchise cornerstone.

Young began his career recording 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 44 tackles while earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

But injuries set in, and Young played in just 12 games over the next two seasons and had just 1.5 sacks.

This led the Commanders to decline to pick up Young’s fifth-year contract option, giving him unrestricted free agency after the 2024 season.


But the Commanders didn’t want to lose their former top draft pick for nothing, so they sent him to San Francisco for a third-round selection in the 2024 draft.

Despite there being no sign of a long-term extension being discussed, this move – the decision not to keep a player with so much potential – was surprising.

So why were commanders willing to part ways with players they thought still had a high ceiling? They say it all boils down to one big problem.

According to ESPN’s John Keim, the Commanders “grew tired of trying to get Young to play within their system.

” Yet, they also knew they didn’t have any plans to commit to a long-term extension with a player who’s likely to still command a large salary.

While Young was seemingly working out just fine before the trade, recording five sacks in seven games for Washington, he’s now in a much better situation with the 49ers, where he gets a chance to double his amount of playoff games played with his next appearance.


Young has accrued 2.5 sacks in seven games with the 49ers, but he’s still getting up to full speed in their system too.

Yet, based on reports out of the Commanders organization, Young doesn’t exactly stay within the scheme anyway.

Either way, chances are the 49ers are thrilled to have him creating havoc on the defensive line along with Nick Bosa.

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