Former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was traded from the Washington Commanders to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a third-round draft pick on Tuesday afternoon, a move that will reunite him with fellow-Buckeye edge rusher Nick Bosa.
Young has had an up-and-down NFL career in Washington since the franchise selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The edge rusher took home the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2020 after recording 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 44 tackles, but his career would take a quick turn his second year after he tore his right ACL during a Nov. 14, 2021 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This would limit his production as a pass rusher in 2022, where he failed to record a sack in just three games, but he seemed to have returned to form this season, leading the Commanders with five sacks through seven games.
Young, who was slated to be a free agent this offseason after Washington declined to pick up his fifth-year offseason, will now join forces with his former teammate Bosa in San Francisco, who already boasts a formidable defensive line which also includes the likes of Arik Armstead, Javon Hargrave and Javon Kinlaw. The two Buckeye edge rushers combined for 33 sacks as teammates at Ohio State during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, with the new 49er teammates contributing 48 sacks to the program from 2016-2019.