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Compensate the Player: Jaylon Johnson, Former Ute, Positioned for a Groundbreaking Contract

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Jaylon Johnson, a standout former player from the University of Utah now excelling in the NFL, is on the brink of an unprecedented contract extension. Having played for the Chicago Bears since 2020, Johnson had a stellar fourth season, showcasing impressive stats with 36 tackles, a forced fumble, 10 passes defended, four interceptions, and a pick-six against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7.

The 6-foot, 196-pound cornerback’s exceptional performance in just 14 games earned him his first Pro Bowl nod and a spot on the All-Pro Second Team. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league’s top coverage cornerback with a remarkable score of 90.8. Despite his achievements, Johnson’s future with the Bears remains uncertain as his rookie contract concludes.

During the Pro Bowl Games Championship, a flag football match between the AFC and NFC, Johnson made a crucial game-winning pass breakup on the final play. His celebratory “pay-me” gesture to the cameras served as a reminder that he is yet to receive a suitable extension from the Bears.

While expressing his dedication to Chicago, Johnson emphasized the financial aspect, stating, “Heart’s definitely in Chicago, mind’s definitely on the money.” The Bears, with $49.13 million in 2024 salary cap space, are in a position to negotiate, but they face stiff competition to retain the All-Pro corner.

Despite an earlier offer of a 5-year, $93 million contract extension ($18.6 million AAV) in December, the Bears failed to secure a deal. Speculation abounds about Johnson’s 2024 season and the potential cities vying for his talents. With projections indicating an annual value between $19-21 million, Johnson’s impending contract has garnered significant attention across the NFL.



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  1. Nevaeh Armstrong

    February 6, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    Nevaeh Armstrong

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