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Trade for Chase Young/Montez Sweat

Much like the Patriots heading into Week 9 of the season, the Commanders are rumored to become big sellers before the deadline later today. Two names that continue to be discussed have been consistent performers for the Washington defense: Montez Sweat and Chase Young.

Both players become free agents at the end of the season, forcing the team to decide if moving on from them now would be more beneficial than letting them walk in free agency. Considering how much it would cost to retain both of them, we'll unlikely see them back with the Commanders next season. But that doesn't eliminate the possibility that one will be back with a big-time contract in 2024.

But who that could be is unclear and will need to be decided by Ron Rivera and Co. fairly quickly as the hours dwindle.

It has been reported that a few teams have inquired or made offers for both players, with one offer said to be for a third-round pick, which would become a second-rounder of Sweat signed a contract extension. Insiders have claimed the Commanders want at least second-rounders for either player, which has not been offered to them to this point.

That is a bit steep, but it all depends on how much Washington truly wants to move on from them, knowing they'll get something in return. If they are not hearing what they want for them, they may ultimately change their minds and accept the best offer to ensure they don't walk away with nothing.

In that case, there's no harm in Belichick (at least) inquiring and trying to determine what they'll really go for. The move makes sense even more if he decides to move on from Uche and if Matthew Judon cannot return this season after undergoing biceps surgery.

Young is just 24 years old and, despite the number of injuries that have kept him sidelined for most of his short career, has been on the path to having a standout season this year.

Sweat is a bit older, more experienced, and would undoubtedly thrive in a Belichick defense. The idea of pairing him with Judon and Keion White is a dream come true, but it all hinges on the plan regarding the defense and (of course) Washington's asking price.

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