Chase Young on being traded to 49ers: 'I wasn't mad'

It's hard to fault Chase Young for being excited about going from the Commanders to the 49ers.
Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young
Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages

The 49ers' marquee NFL trade deadline acquisition, Chase Young, opened up about the blockbuster deal and what it'll be like to reunite with Nick Bosa.

The San Francisco 49ers desperately needed a spark at the NFL trade deadline after enduring a three-game losing streak that knocked them from the No. 1 seed in the conference and out of the top spot in the NFC West.

Turns out, acquiring pass-rusher Chase Young from the Washington Commanders for a late third-round NFL Draft pick next year provided quite the spark.

Fans have to be a bit patient in seeing Young take the field for the red and gold, as the Niners' bye week just so happened to pass right after the trade deadline. And those fans also had to wait until this week's practice sessions to hear what Young had to say as San Francisco prepares for its Week 10 road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Needless to say, Young is enjoying his new surroundings.

Chase Young describes his feelings about being traded from Commanders to 49ers

When asked about his initial reaction about being traded from Washington to the 49ers, Young's reply was about as clear as it could be.

"I wasn't mad," he said.

"Nick [Bosa] is here," Young continued. "He's always been a big brother to me. Stepping in here, just got in last week, just the culture, the vibe is a lot different. I definitely know that I'm in the building with winners."

Young has never been part of a winning season with the Commanders since being drafted No. 2 overall by them back in 2020.

"I see why they win," Young added.

Chase Young on playing alongside Nick Bosa again

Plenty of you know that Young and Bosa were collegiate teammates at Ohio State before the latter was drafted by the Niners at No. 2 overall in 2019, the year prior to Young being drafted.

In case you didn't know it, you do know.

Understandably, Young is thrilled to be lining up opposite his former collegiate teammate, turned pro teammate.

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"It was a good moment," Young said when asked about seeing Bosa again, this time in the same uniform. "Even in college, we never thought that we would ever be able to play with each other again, so it's a blessing."

Bosa, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has just three sacks on the season, while Young becomes the de facto sack leader for San Francisco with five.

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