Bradley Chubb to Dolphins, Chase Claypool to Bears headline flurry of NFL deadline deals

The Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills led an unusually busy wave of activity prior to Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, with Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb and Steelers wideout Chase Claypool headlining big moves.

The Dolphins (5-3) acquired Chubb from Denver for their AFC playoff push, sending a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds to the Broncos for the pass rusher and a 2025 fifth-round pick.

The Bears (3-5) unexpectedly flipped from sellers to buyers, sending their own second-round pick to Pittsburgh for the big-bodied Claypool.

That came as a surprise after Chicago had traded away defensive standouts Robert Quinn (for a fourth-rounder to Philadelphia) and Roquan Smith (for a second and fifth to Baltimore) in recent days.

The Vikings (6-1) landed tight end T.J. Hockenson from in-division rival Detroit (1-6), sending a 2023 second-round pick and 2024 third to the Lions for Hockenson, a 2023 fourth and a 2024 conditional fourth.

And the Super Bowl favorite Bills (6-1) acquired Colts running back Nyheim Hines in exchange for running back Zack Moss and a conditional 2023 sixth-round pick.

Tuesday’s flurry of trades is the highest amount of deals the NFL has seen on a deadline day since 2012, per ESPN Stats & Info. There were at least 10 on Tuesday. The previous high in that span was five in 2018.

Miami has transformed itself using the three first-round picks it acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021 NFL Draft Trey Lance trade back from No. 3 overall.

The Dolphins packaged the Niners’ 2021 first-round pick to trade up for WR Jaylen Waddle. They dealt the 2022 pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for WR Tyreek Hill. And they used the 2023 first-rounder to get Chubb.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel also made sure to replace Edmonds with a running back he knows well from his 49ers days: Jeff Wilson Jr. The 49ers gave Wilson to Miami for a 2023 fifth-round pick.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers did not trade pass rusher Brian Burns despite an offer from the Los Angeles Rams that included two first-round picks, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

Some other noteworthy trades:

— The Steelers acquired Washington CB William Jackson and a 2025 conditional seventh for a 2025 conditional sixth-round pick.

— The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley, who is suspended for the season for gambling on a Jaguars-Falcons game last November. Ridley has one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Falcons get two picks back: a conditional 2023 pick that’s either a fifth or sixth, and a 2024 pick that’s anywhere from second to a fourth.

— The Falcons acquired CB Rashad Fenton from the Chiefs for a conditional 2023 seventh-round pick and traded S Dean Marlowe to the Bills for a 2023 seventh-round pick

— The Jets traded pass rusher Jacob Martin and a 2024 fifth-round pick to Denver for a 2024 fourth-round pick in 2024