Chicago Bears: Could new rumors make a Julio Jones trade possible?

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Would the Chicago Bears be making the right choice to trade for Julio Jones?

We all know that Ryan Pace is not shy when it comes to trading away future draft picks if it means landing a player he wants. Could he decide to do that again now as he did with Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky, Anthony Miller, David Montgomery, Justin Fields and Teven Jenkins? He has even done it in the later rounds for guys like Trevis Gipson and Darnell Mooney.

Could Ryan Pace decide to send their 2022 second-round pick to the Falcons for Julio Jones? The answer is obviously yes. Pace does not seem to be afraid of waiting until the third round to make his first pick in a draft. That’s what would happen again (2019 draft) should Pace make this move.

However, is Julio Jones worth it? The simple answer is yes, Julio Jones is worth a second-round pick. Is the move worth it to the current team though?

Jones has three years left on his contract. This means he is more than a rental player. Julio Jones has played 10 years in the NFL. He has led the league twice in receiving yards. He has been selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro twice. He has been linked to being injured often, yet he’s only missed 25 games over the 160 he could have played in.

A majority of those games missed came in 2013 when he played only five games and the last year when he only played nine games. In those nine games last year, Jones still gained 771 receiving yards. The only knock on Julio Jones is his lack of touchdowns. He’s only hit double-digit touchdowns once in his career. This is partly a problem with how he’s used in the red zone, but still should be a concern. The other concern is can he play at an elite level until the age of 35?

The bottom line is that Julio Jones is an elite receiver and would give Andy Dalton and eventually Justin Fields a weapon like no other on this team. Yes, Jones is better than Allen Robinson. However, imagine having both? Could they even afford it?