3 mistakes the Chicago Bears must avoid in the 2024 offseason

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Jaylon Johnson
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The Bears cannot allow Jaylon Johnson to leave

The Chicago Bears cannot let Jaylon Johnson sign elsewhere this offseason. Johnson had his best season as a pro in 2023, earning second-team All-Pro honors, being selected to the Pro Bowl, and earning a fantastic 90.8 PFF grade.

Johnson ended the 2023 season with 36 tackles, a forced fumble, and four interceptions. Johnson was easily the best corner on a Bears' team that finished 25th in opponent passing yards per game. Spotrac projects the corner to command around $15.7M annually, so the Bears will have to pay up to keep him. Johnson can also receive the franchise tag until March 5.

The 2024 cap has risen to an NFL-record level, meaning the Bears will have plenty of money to spend. Johnson is the most important free agent on the Bears and the one that the team cannot move forward without.