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The Chicago Bears season is over but there's plenty of discussion surrounding the future of the team. With the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and a ton of salary cap space, GM Ryan Poles has a lot to do this offseason. One of his first orders of business should be a contract extension for Jaylon Johnson, and the young defensive back is open to it.

Jaylon Johnson and His Future With The Bears

Jaylon Johnson dealt with injuries this past season, so his production appears skewed. The third-year cornerback out of Utah played in 11 games for the Chicago Bears in 2022. He defended seven passes, forced one fumble, recovered one fumble, and recorded 35 total tackles.

His recent numbers may not show elite-level play, but Johnson definitely passes the eye test. After losing several defensive players over this past season, the Bears should absolutely anticipate keeping their secondary intact.

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Signing Jaylon Johnson to an extension would provide stability to a Chicago defensive backfield that also features youngsters Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker. The Bears have plenty of money to work with this offseason and they know what they have in a player like Johnson.

Could the two sides strike a new deal this offseason? It's certainly a possibility, and it's something Johnson "want(s) to shoot for." But even if it doesn't come to fruition, Johnson will be back with the Chicago Bears next season. The 23-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract, which will account for a $2,058,245 cap hit in 2023.