NFL trade deadline: Young to 49ers, Sweat to Bears, Dobbs to Vikings
The NFL's trade deadline on Tuesday saw several major player movements, with Chase Young, Montez Sweat and Joshua Dobbs finding new homes.
The Washington Commanders sent Young to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a compensatory third-round draft pick. Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 Draft, joins former teammate Nick Bosa on the 49ers' defensive line.
Despite being limited by injuries in recent seasons, Young has made a strong impact this year with five sacks in seven games, providing a much-needed boost to the struggling 49ers, who have lost three consecutive games.
Meanwhile, the Commanders traded Sweat to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick. Sweat, whose rookie contract is expiring, was not expected to be re-signed by Washington despite being a top pass rusher.
The Bears, though facing a challenging season, appear set on keeping Sweat, who has recorded 6.5 sacks this season. The player was Washington's first-round pick in 2019.
Meanwhile, former Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Dobbs was sent to the Minnesota Vikings to replace an injured Kirk Cousins. Dobbs came with a sixth-round draft pick, with the Cardinals receiving a conditional seventh-rounder in return.
With Cousins out for the season due to an Achilles tendon tear, the Vikings are considering Dobbs as an option alongside rookie Jaren Hall to lead their offense.
"I think he's a very intelligent guy, which gives us an opportunity to get him in here in a short amount of time and try to prepare him for any snaps when that may occur," said Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell about Dobbs.
Jaguars, Buffalo, Lions' trade deadline moves
In other trades, the AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars enhanced their offensive line, acquiring Ezra Cleveland from Minnesota in exchange for a sixth-round pick. Cleveland had 45 consecutive starts at left guard before a recent foot injury.
"It's just a matter of getting him caught up and getting him in the room with a really good offensive line," said Jaguars coach Doug Pederson.
"Getting a guy like Ezra, we got a starting-type guard. Really, really solidifies our offensive line and makes us better."
The Buffalo Bills addressed their cornerback needs by acquiring cornerback Rasul Douglas, who had 10 interceptions in his last 36 games with the Green Bay Packers. Buffalo also secured a fifth-round pick from Green Bay in exchange for a fourth-rounder. Douglas will aim to step in for the injured Tre'Davious White, who suffered a right Achilles tendon tear earlier in the season.
Lastly, the Detroit Lions added depth at wide receiver, welcoming Donovan Peoples-Jones from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round pick. Peoples-Jones, who recorded 61 receptions for 839 yards last season, has contributed eight catches for 97 yards in the current season.
With the trade deadline passing, the New York Jets did not engage in any trades but added 35-year-old lineman Rodger Saffold to their practice squad to bolster their injury-laden lineup.
Several teams had already made moves ahead of the trade deadline, with the Philadelphia Eagles acquiring safety Kevin Byard from the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks trading for defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the New York Giants.