John Lynch breaks down the 49ers' trade for Chase Young, which has a small caveat with the Commanders. That, plus more Steve Wilks talk.
On Monday, San Francisco 49ers fans were probably happy their team wouldn't play again until Week 10 after taking a much-needed bye-week break in Week 9.
That's what three-game losing streaks can do to a fanbase.
On Tuesday evening, those same fans probably now wish the Niners were playing over the weekend, as it would allow them to see San Francisco's newest blockbuster addition, defensive end Chase Young, picked up in a grand scoop of a pre-NFL trade deadline move by general manager John Lynch from the Washington Commanders.
All it took was a compensatory 2024 third-round NFL Draft pick, one the 49ers are likely to get back in a year, assuming Young departs via free agency this upcoming offseason.
At 5-3, and with their defense reeling, Young hopefully invigorates a pass rush that's been largely absent for much of the year despite the presence of the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Bosa, who just so happened to be Young's collegiate teammate at Ohio State.
On Wednesday, Lynch broke down how it all went down, and there's something that might be a bit of a surprise.
Check it out in today's news wire.
John Lynch talked Chase Young deal with Commanders well before NFL trade deadline
Sometimes, trades can come together at the 11th hour and seemingly out of nowhere.
That wasn't exactly the case here.
During his post-deadline press conference, Lynch told reporters that he had interactions with Washington's general manager, Martin Mayhew, long before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
"Martin and I touched base quite a while ago, maybe two weeks ago," Lynch said. "I was gauging the likelihood that [Young] would be available. Martin thought that there was a good chance that would be in play."
It also helps to know that Mayhew used to work within the Niners front office under Lynch before heading east to take on the Commanders' general manager role.
"We've been tracking Chase for some time, and Martin did a really good job," Lynch added. Martin kept us in the loop because we were looking at a variety of things."
But, wait... there was potentially more to the trade.