4 Chicago Bears who could earn an extension this offseason

Chicago Bears (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
4 of 5
Chicago Bears, Jaylon Johnson
Chicago Bears (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Bears could look to extend Jaylon Johnson

If you were to ask most Chicago Bears fans, they would tell you extending Jaylon Johnson should be a priority. He has been a superb corner since joining the Bears in 2020. Johnson was the Bears’ second pick in that draft behind Cole Kmet. Ryan Pace did not have a first-round pick that season but found two solid options with their two second-round picks.

When looking at Jaylon Johnson’s stats, one must look at his advanced analytics. He is considered a shutdown corner in that regards as opponents have not seen more than a 59.7% completion percentage when throwing in Johnson’s direction. In his first two seasons, Johnson gave up too many touchdowns (5 each year), but you have to remember that he was often left on an island against the team’s top receiver. Playing in the NFC North, that included Davante Adams and Justin Jefferson. With a better secondary this past season, Johnson only allowed one touchdown.

The problem with Johnson is that he does not have many takeaways. If you are playing for the likes of Matt Eberflus, you need to come away with takeaways. Over his first three years, he only has one interception and one forced fumble. That’s not nearly enough for this coaching staff. That said, Johnson could still find himself getting an extension before the start of the 2023 NFL season.