Sáb. Abr 20th, 2024

Defensive end Chase Young plans to sign a one-year, fully guaranteed $13 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler on Monday.

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Young, who was traded from the Washington Commanders to the San Francisco 49ers this past season, visited with the Saints on Monday and likes the setup of the team’s defense, sources told ESPN.

The 49ers acquired Young at the trade deadline, sending a compensatory third-round pick to Washington to bolster their talent at edge rusher.

Upon arrival in San Francisco, Young became a prominent part of the Niners’ rush packages, working in behind Clelin Ferrell in obvious passing situations. He had 2.5 sacks and 10 tackles with 16 pressures in nine regular-season games with the 49ers. He also had a sack in the 49ers’ Super Bowl LVIII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

For the season, Young, 24, tied a career-high with 7.5 sacks, adding 25 tackles and 41 pressures between Washington and San Francisco.

The Commanders used the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft on Young. He dealt with a torn right ACL in 2021 that cost him most of the 2022 season, as he appeared in just 12 games over two seasons.

The Saints have been in the pass-rusher market since the fall, although they did not make any moves at the trade deadline last year. They finished the 2023 season ranked 28th with 34 sacks, their lowest total since 2016.

The Saints have invested high draft picks in pass-rushers, selecting Payton Turner in the first round of the 2021 draft and Isaiah Foskey in the second round of the 2023 draft, but neither player had a sack last year. Foskey was a healthy scratch for most of the season and Turner played in only two games because of injury.

The Saints signed 27-year-old Carl Granderson and 34-year-old Cameron Jordan to extensions last fall. Jordan, a 2011 first-round pick, was the last Saints pass-rusher to have double-digit sacks when he finished with 12.5 sacks during the 2021 season. He played in every game last season but dealt with several injuries, finishing with 2.5 sacks.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner and Katherine Terrell contributed to this report.

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