Did Chase Young just seal his fate with 49ers on this terrible play vs. Lions?

Chase Young probably just make the 49ers' impending decision regarding his free agency that much easier.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92) / Ryan Kang/GettyImages
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Chase Young didn't exactly make a strong case to re-sign with the 49ers this offseason amid his performance in the NFC Championship game.

Right before the NFL trade deadline last fall, the San Francisco 49ers thought they were going to make one of the most formidable one-two pass-rushing combinations when they traded with the Washington Commanders for edge Chase Young.

In pairing Young with his former Ohio State teammate, edge Nick Bosa, this pass-rushing duo was intended to be the envy of the rest of the league.

Well, expectations certainly outpaced reality. And Young's efforts in the NFC Championship game aren't exactly helping his case for the offseason.

Chase Young fails to deliver in 49ers' NFC Championship showdown vs. Lions, hurts offseason re-sign chances

Young underwhelmed for the Niners after the trade, delivering only 2.5 sacks in nine regular-season games for San Francisco after boasting five with the Commanders before.

In an odd way, it paralleled a general 49ers struggle in the pass-rush department that accompanied them into the NFC Championship against the visiting Detroit Lions.

With Detroit taking a commanding 21-7 lead on the below touchdown run by Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs, Young's level of underwhelming reached an entirely new level:

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Just watch No. 92 in red. It's an entire lack of serious effort.

That made it 21-7 in favor of Detroit, which looks to be full throttle toward knocking Young and the 49ers out of the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, Young will be a free agent this offseason and probably won't be convincing general manager John Lynch and his staff that he's worth a re-sign deal. The Niners would most likely prefer exploring whatever other options present themselves instead of retaining the underwhelming pass-rusher who once had so much promise.


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