Washington Commanders Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

When the Washington Commanders drafted Ohio State Buckeyes star defensive end Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they likely hoped that the former Heisman Trophy finalist would be a dominant force and a franchise player for the team for years to come. But it looks like that isn’t going to happen.

According to a report from Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post, the Washington Commanders will not be picking up the fifth-year option for Chase Young, meaning he will be a free agent following the 2023 season.

“The Commanders are not going to exercise DE Chase Young’s fifth-year option, per sources,” Jhabvala said in a tweet on Wednesday.

It’s pretty horrible news for the Commanders as it means that they will likely only be getting four years out of the former No. 2 overall pick unless they choose to franchise tag him next season. And the NFL world had plenty to say about that brutal update on Wednesday.

We’ll have to see how this situation ultimately plays out as the Commanders now have a few options. They could franchise tag Young at the end of next season, they could still work toward a long-term extension, or they could simply trade him to another team in the near future.

Time will tell what happens, but this isn’t great for the Commanders in the meantime.

[Nicki Jhabvala]