Should Falcons kick the tires on a trade for former 2nd overall pick Chase Young?

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There might be an elite talent available for trade as the Commanders could look to move Chase Young. Should the Falcons kick the tires on a potential deal for the former 2nd overall pick?

Sports Illustrated insider Albert Breer reports that Washington could look to trade Young this offseason.

“Teams coming out of the spring thinking they need more help may make trade calls on Young (it seems unlikely the Washington brass would move him ahead of a must-win year, but I know they’d be open to listening), and there’s a pretty surprising number of accomplished pass rushers still on the market,” Breer states.

The former Ohio State superstar had his fifth-year option declined earlier this offseason, so it makes sense why the club would be willing to part ways with him. He’s set to test the free agent market next offseason alongside Montez Sweat, while Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen have already inked their respective second contracts.

“The Commanders have already paid Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen on the interior of the defensive line, and giving two more pass rushers, in Young and Montez Sweat, big contracts might be tough. So as Young tries to prove he can get healthy and back to himself again, he and Sweat might be competing for the last spot,” Breer continues.

Ron Rivera is coaching for his job, so I don’t see how he could support the move to trade Chase Young, but I see it even more unlikely that the Falcons inquire about a potential trade.

First off, Young has severely underperformed his lofty draft status. Limited to just 12 games over the past two seasons, he’s not exactly the picture-perfect example of durable. Moreover, he only recorded 1.5 sacks over that span. He’s a freak athlete and an insane talent, but he just hasn’t been able to put it all together.

Secondly, what would the Commanders demand as compensation? One would think a third-rounder, but that would be an expensive price to pay unless the team acquiring him had an extension in place.

Finally, a subsequent contract extension is a big deal. He’s played three years in the league with widely mixed results. How could you quantify his worth? I expect Young values himself a lot higher than clubs around the league, including his own.

It’s most likely that he will stay in Washington; it’s what’s best for him. Young is familiar with the system, so he could potentially play his way into a lucrative free-agent contract next offseason.

The Falcons might have a need for a premier pass rusher, but Chase Young isn’t the solution.

What do you think about this Falcons trade?

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