“Per a league source, there are rumors in league circles linking the Bears to Commanders pass rusher Chase Young.”
“The Bears, who have significant cap space in 2024,” Florio writes, “would want to acquire Young and keep him, with a new contract.”
The 24-year-old Young was the defensive rookie of the year in 2020 and was selected as a Pro Bowler after racking up 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He tore his ACL and ruptured his patellar tendon in 2021, and he only played in 12 games in ‘21 and ‘22.
He missed Washington’s week one contest this year with a stinger, but he’s played in their next six, and he’s racked up five sacks.
There have been reports, rumors, and speculation for a while now about Washington listening to offers for both Young and Montez Sweat, their two soon-to-be 2024 free agent pass rushers. The Commanders are 3-4 and have a league-high $60 million allocated to their defensive line this season.
Earlier today, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reported that the “Commanders are listening to offers on Chase Young and Montez Sweat. They want a second-rounder but have only received offers in the third-round range.”
Here are the draft picks the Bears currently have for the next two years.
Round 1 (from CAR)
Round 4 (from PHI)
Round 2 (from CAR)
Round 6 (from MIA)
The Commanders are set to kick off tomorrow at noon (CT) against the NFC East leading Eagles, and a loss could push them closer to dealing Young or Sweat to the highest bidder.
The NFL’s trade deadline is Tuesday, October 31, at 3:00 p.m. (CT).
UPDATES: On the FOX pregame show, Jay Glazer provided an update via his sources, saying a deal is not in place from the Bears for Young, but that the Commanders are shopping one of their defensive linemen.
"There's rumors out there that the Chicago Bears have a deal for Chase Young. That is not true. I don't even think that one's gonna happen... There's *a lot of teams* that called Washington for all 3 of those players. At least one of those [DL] will get moved..."- Jay Glazer pic.twitter.com/2HBvo9fBDw— Matt Clapp (@DaBearNecess) October 29, 2023
Our own Greg Gabriel shared some thoughts on the rumor this morning that you can read here, plus he reached out to an NFL source he has to get more info.
According to someone in the know, Bears did have extensive conversation w/Washington about Young. As of now it’s not going to happen because Bears a don’t have sufficient enough medical information to pull the trigger. Smart on Poles part, can’t make a mistake— Greg Gabriel (@ggabefootball) October 29, 2023
Also, Josh looked at some historical draft pick data to determine what a good deal for Young could look like, and if this is a trade that makes sense for general manager Ryan Poles. That article is here.