The Washington Commanders elected not to exercise star defensive end Chase Young’s 5th year option, meaning the former Ohio State standout will become a free agent next season.

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Young was limited last season while recovering from an ACL tear, but has shown he can be a force in the NFL. He was the 2020 NFL Defensive rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowler in 2020 as well.

This is huge for a few reasons. For one, Young could be in for a massive year looking to bump his stock for a larger contract next offseason. It also means, if Young wanted, he could be out of Washington after this season.

Across his career Young boasts 75 tackles, 9 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.