5 Chicago Bears who are on pace for career years in 2023

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Believe it or not, but the Chicago Bears have a few players on the roster who are on pace to have career years. With the team sitting at 6-9 and the playoffs basically done, I think many Bears fans would be surprised by just how many players are having career years or are on pace to finish with career years. The season has been like a roller coaster. The only problem is instead of the coaster starting on a high note (creeping up to the peak), it had an immediate drop (four-game losing streak). Then, there have been multiple peaks and valleys.

The Chicago Bears have some solid players despite a losing record

With how many valleys the Chicago Bears have seen this season, it's hard to imagine how any of these players could finish the year with career years. Especially since three of them were not even on the roster last season.

Jaylon Johnson, CB

Let's start with the guy who is looking for a new contract though. Talk about a roller coaster, the Jaylon Johnson contract negotiations seem to be one too. Comments have been made on both sides and it seems like negotiations were at a standstill. However, as of late, Johnson has made it known he wants to remain a Bear. Whether he gets that contract in Chicago or not, he's definitely leaving it out on the field and is playing at an All-Pro level. He's going to get paid well, we will just need to see if he's paid by the Bears or another team.

This season, through 15 games, Johnson has four interceptions (career high), 10 pass defensed, a return touchdown (1st of his career), 34 combined tackles (29 solos), and one tackle for loss. He has kept opponents to a 54.5% completion percentage (career best) and quarterbacks to a 49.7 quarterback rating (career best). It's safe to say, Johnson deserves to be paid like one of the best corners in the league next year. His only knock this season is his dropped interceptions. It seems like he should have closer to seven or eight interceptions.