REPORT: Washington Commanders Could Trade Either Chase Young Or Montez Sweat During 2023 NFL Draft

The Washington Commanders could be looking to make a move or two that shakes up the NFL Draft tonight.

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Commanders are reportedly open to dealing one or both of their pass rushers — Chase Young and/or Montez Sweat.

Earlier this week, the Commanders declined the fifth-year option on Young, who looked like an absolute super star during his rookie season. Young racked up 7.5 sacks and won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

But in his second year, Young sustained an ACL tear in his right knee. He missed the entire season and played in just three games during the 2022 season.


Since his rookie year, Young has just 1.5 sacks in 12 total games.

However, Josina Anderson reported from a source that Young being traded is “highly unlikely” unless the Commanders get a deal like two first-rounders.

The other pass rusher mentioned in trade talks is Montez Sweat, who the Commanders selected in the first round (No. 26 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Last season, Sweat had career-highs in tackles for a loss (14) and quarterback hits (28). In addition, Sweat also contributed 8.0 quarterback sacks. His career high came in 2020 with 9.0.

The former Mississippi State Bulldog is set to earn $11.5 million this season, and if he has a huge year in 2023, he could be in high demand.

Would the Commanders then determine to resign Sweat or let him walk in free agency? That remains to be seen.