CB Jaylon Johnson
Johnson is making a great argument for why the Bears should pay him this offseason. Make no mistake, he wants to get paid--whether it's with the Bears or not.
During the first seven weeks of the season, Johnson was the best cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Since then, he has still ranked as one of the league's best. His three interceptions have him tied for the fourth most in the league, and he could have more if it weren't for dropped passes.
His best game was against the Las Vegas Raiders, intercepting two passes and bringing one back to the house for a pick-six. Johnson typically guards the opposing team's best receiver and gives them fits in Eberflus's zone defense.
What makes Johnson different than the other players mentioned on this list is that he isn't signed with the Bears for the long term.
Johnson, 24, is set to become a free agent this offseason. If anyone deserves a long-term deal it's him. He's battled through losing season after losing season and still shows up for the Bears. After a breakout year that might end in a Pro Bowl appearance, the Bears might have to face facts and pay Johnson what he's worth.