Chase Young will be in Santa Clara on Wednesday to undergo a physical. 49ers general manager John Lynch held a conference call Wednesday morning to talk about the team’s most recent acquisition.
This was not a trade that the Niners felt confident was going to happen, according to Lynch. He said, “this wasn’t something where I went to bed Monday night thinking we’re going to do this deal.” The 49ers and the Commanders had initially had conversations weeks ago, but Lynch mentioned the Young trade didn’t come together until “late in the game.”
Young wasn’t the only Commander on the 49ers radar. Lynch spoke about how Montez Sweat’s name was brought up in conversations with Washington’s general manager Martin Mayhew, but the 49ers had their eyes on Young.
“I felt like it was the best deal to be had. We had a number of conversations. We’ve always been of the philosophy that it starts up front. And that that was the deal that made the most sense for us.”
I would have liked to ask Lynch about the current cornerbacks on the roster who are currently on the injured reserve to see if he views them as players who could help, but I did not get the opportunity to do so.
Here’s Lynch’s general answer about the group of players on IR on when their potential return will be:
Yeah, these guys, I think we’re on the verge of we’ve got to make that decision. Kyle and I will have some conversations and obviously, with the council of our health and performance staff, but these guys are ready to have their windows open. But, you also have to have roster spots available. But, I do believe a couple, if not a few, are on the verge of having their windows open. At some point we’ve got to see what they can provide us.”
For those that haven’t watched Young, he’s probably better against the run than he is as a pass rusher, despite his numbers. Young can win with athleticism off the edge, but his strength will really help the Niners defense and limit the opposing offense’s to get outside of him. Lynch called Young a “complete player.”
Lynch made it clear that the 49ers weren’t interested in giving up multiple picks at the deadline this year in the same way that they did last season for Christian McCaffrey. This quote makes it sound like Young is a rental:
“We’ve had a nice track record, but it’s tough because it’s become an expectation that we’re gonna do something and everyone is kinda looking at you through the trade deadline when you haven’t done something.
I’m glad we did Chase for the right reasons, not because we just felt like ‘Hey, we gotta do something.’ We didn’t have to go do this. We just saw an opportunity and we felt like we could stay true to who we want to be in terms of building through the draft with also adding a player who we felt could help us the rest of this year.”
If Young walks during free agency, the 49ers have the opportunity to get a pick back. Plus, they pick they traded was a compensatory pick.
Here’s ESPN’s Dan Graziano on the prospects of Young sticking around with the 49ers after this season:
“Whether Young is in the 49ers’ plans long-term remains to be seen — the Niners are in win-now mode and confront a number of difficult contract decisions next offseason. But Young was playing well in Washington and could be very energized to find himself in a division race and paired back up with Bosa.”