4 Defensive ends the Chicago Bears could trade for to fix their pass rush in 2023

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The Chicago Bears could trade for Chase Young

The name we hear about the most from Chicago Bears fans these days is Chase Young. Young has not been rumored to truly be on the trade block, but some seem to assume that since the Commanders did not pick up Young's fifth-year option, then he could probably be had via a trade. I doubt that to be true, but Ryan Poles should still pick up the phone and see what Washington would want or if they would even consider the possibility of moving on from Young.

Chase Young was the second-overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He had a great rookie campaign. He started 15 games that year and finished with 7.5 sacks. The potential was there to become one of the best defensive ends in the game. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in November 2021. After the tear, he has struggled to redeem that same explosiveness he had before. Over the last two years, Young has only started 11 games and has only racked up 1.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

Even though Chase Young was the second-overall pick a couple of years ago, he can't cost too much in a trade. If Ryan Poles is able to send a third or maybe even one of the Bears' two fourth-rounders in 2024, Young could be worth that risk. The problem is that Washington is more likely to hold Young this season to see how things go. Moving on from him via trade would only save them a little over $5 million this season. At only 24 years old, he still could add plenty of value to any team.