Chicago Bears: 3 moves to make before the NFL trade deadline

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Chicago Bears, Byron Jones
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The Chicago Bears should trade for Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones

The first deal the Bears should make is to try and find themselves a second starting cornerback. Their secondary has been maybe the weakest part of the team through five games, although Jaylon Johnson has been playing at an elite level.

Outside of Johnson, though, no one has truly stepped up at cornerback. Kindle Vildor has been serviceable at best but is nowhere near the level the Bears need as a starter.

Enter the Miami Dolphins, who are headed nowhere fast. At one point, they were supposed to be a sneaky, potential playoff team this year. But, instead, they’re dealing with an injured Tua Tagovailoa and a defense that’s playing far below expectations.

The Dolphins are paying Byron Jones and Xavier Howard a lot of money, and for what? That unit has been gashed this season, most recently by Tom Brady and the Bucs, to no one’s surprise.

Miami will have to unload one of their corner’s contracts if they want to try and patch the holes going into next season, and the Bears could be the perfect suitor. The only question would be, how does Ryan Pace make room for that $16 million annual salary? That’s for Pace to figure out. For the sake of argument, Jones makes a lot of sense in Chicago.