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Will the Bears make a play for CB A.J. Jefferson?
Last year, on August 31, the Minnesota Vikings traded a seventh-round draft pick for cornerback A.J. Jefferson then released Zack Bowman to make room on the roster.
Bowman returned to the Bears, providing much-needed help on special teams and even some depth at cornerback.
While there is believed to be interest in bringing Kelvin Hayden back, the one advantage for Jefferson is that he’s only 24 with 14 NFL starts under his belt. Charles Tillman is 32 and Tim Jennings is 29.
In the last two seasons, Jefferson has 103 tackles with 17 passes defended and one interception.
From my recollection, he played fairly well against the Bears last season.
By placing the low tender on Jefferson, the Vikings are only committed to paying him $1.3 million for next season. Any club can offer Jefferson a contract, without giving up any draft picks, but the Vikings have the right to match.
Undrafted out of Fresno State, Jefferson is 6 foot 1, 190 pounds.