Trade Pitch Lands Bears $35 Million Pro-Bowl DE, Former DROY

The Chicago Bears are poised to pursue a high-upside edge defender.

Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young is in the final year of his four-year, $35 million contract.

The Commanders passed on Young's fifth-year option last offseason after choosing him second overall in 2020. 

That uncommon choice suggests Washington is seriously considering a future without Young, making the former Defensive Rookie of the Year a strong trade prospect before the October 31 deadline.

Young should go to Chicago for two reasons. After a league-worst 20 sacks in 2022, the Bears need an edge boost. 

Second, Chicago has almost $28.4 million in salary cap room, enough to absorb Young's rookie contract's final season and extend him long-term.

On Saturday, July 29, Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine proposed that the Bears trade starting defensive end Trevis Gipson,

wideout and return specialist Velus Jones Jr., and the team's 2024 third-round pick for Young's rights.


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