The Chicago Bears have a trade in the works with a defensive player … in addition to the deal we’re all awaiting to become officially official.
ESPN’s Tim McManus tweets the Philadelphia Eagles have traded for Bears defensive back Deiondre’ Hall. There hasn’t been any word of what the Bears will get in return, but something is better than nothing for a player who was on the roster bubble after the preseason.
Hall was a fourth-round pick in 2016, but played in just 10 games in two seasons. An injured hamstring landed Hall on injured reserve with a designation to return to start the 2017 season, but he appeared in just two games and played more on special teams than he did on defense. Hall played his college ball at Northern Iowa and was a standout cornerback for the Panthers, but he never found solid footing in the pros at cornerback or safety.
Perhaps Hall will find better fortune in Philadelphia, where he will join ex-Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Joe Douglas, who was Chicago’s Director of College Scouting and now serves as Philadelphia’s Vice President of Player Personnel.
From a Bears perspective, the move opens up someone for a spot in the secondary who might have otherwise been on the outside looking in. DeAndre Houston-Carson is out for a while with a broken arm, and the Bears were going to be without Hall in Week 1 because of a suspension of the league’s substance abuse policy.
We’re still waiting on the Khalil Mack trade to become officially official, but at least we know there is an open roster spot for him to slide into once all the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted.