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Rivera: Chase Young 'understands' decision on option

5/24/2023 4:59:11 PM
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Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera said defensive end Chase Young understands why the team failed to pick up his fifth-year option, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Rivera said he hopes Young responds the same way Daron Payne did last season.

Young was eligible for an extension that would have paid him $17.452 million. But Rivera had said earlier in the offseason that he wondered whether not picking it up would motivate Young, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft. Young suffered a torn right ACL and a ruptured patellar tendon in 2021.

Rivera said he has communicated with Young via text messages and conversations. Young has not attended Washington's voluntary offseason workouts since the opening week in April, preferring to work out elsewhere.

"He gets it, he understands," Rivera said of the fifth-year option. "He'll come in and give everything he's got. Look what Daron did.

"Guys that produce for us we want to keep them around. That's been the message. I believe [Young] has adapted to it nicely. He's working hard. I'll be excited to see him when he has to be here."

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