4 Chicago Bears Ryan Poles should already consider trading at the deadline

Chicago Bears, Darnell Mooney
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Chicago Bears, Jaylon Johnson
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The Chicago Bears must consider trading Jaylon Johnson

I am a huge fan of Jaylon Johnson. He might not have the takeaways that we want to see, but he is fairly close to being a shutdown corner. I have been defending Johnson and on his side for years. Over his first three years in the league, Johnson has never allowed over 60% completion percentage while being targeted. Quarterbacks don't often throw in his direction, but when they do, Johnson is usually on top of everything.

If Ryan Poles plans on bringing Johnson back beyond this season, then trading him wouldn't make any sense. However, since Johnson is in the final year of his contract and if Poles knows that he isn't going to retain him, then Poles should look for a potential trade partner. Hopefully, should Poles trade Johnson, he finds Johnson a legit contender.

Out of all of the players listed thus far, Johnson and Darnell Mooney would likely net the best in return. I would have to think that if traded, Mooney would see a fifth-round pick in exchange. I'd expect Jaylon Johnson to receive a late third or early fourth-round pick should either player be traded.


Finally, if he is healthy enough before the trade deadline, I'd look to potentially move Eddie Jackson in a trade. I love him as a player, but if the Chicago Bears are struggling, then I'd prefer Poles find a way to move on from Jackson and gain more draft capital. If healthy, Jackson should also bring in a Day 2 draft pick for his services.