Trade proposal would bring former Defensive Rookie of the Year to the Detroit Lions

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How available Chase Young is is at best unclear, but he is being prominently matched with the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions have quickly built a budding beast on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, rooted in a rebuilt secondary. But some might say the defensive line could use reinforcement still, as something of a "last piece" scenario.

From the moment the Washington Commanders decided not to pick up his fifth-year option for 2024, Chase Young has been the subject of trade speculation. Washington would probably have to be really enticed by a trade offer to move him, but Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported a few days go they are "open to listening" to offers for the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

A torn ACL in 2021 has limited Young to 12 games over the last two seasons. The Commanders have also devoted big financial resources elsewhere on their defensive line (Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne), leaving the former No. 2 overall pick as an odd-man out.

A list of teams who make sense for Young from Pro Football Network names the Lions. There are betting odds out there that put the Lions as the favorites to acquire him, such as he may even be available.

Trade proposal from Bleacher Report for Detroit Lions to land Chase Young

Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report recently had the Lions on his list of top-5 landing spots for Young. With a trade proposal.

"Detroit Lions: DE Chase Young

Washington Commanders receive: 2024 third-round pick and Edge Julian Okwara"

Maurice Moton, Bleacher Report

It's hard to see a 2024 third-round pick and Julian Okwara being enough to get Young, even if his stock is down and the younger Okwara still has latent potential. The Commanders would surely just see what Young did this season, and make another decision on him after that if that's the best offer they were to get right now.

That being said, Young is an interesting possible addition for the Lions. He may need/want a change of scenery sooner rather than later, and pairing him with Aidan Hutchinson would be a fresh nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.

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