Looks like another talented defender is on his way out of Chicago. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson has requested a trade after the two sides couldn't agree on terms of a contract extension earlier this week.
Johnson has until 4 P.M. on October 31st to find a suitable trade partner.
After being drafted as a second-round pick in the 2020 draft. Johnson has been a consistent player on the Bears' defense.
At 24 years old Johnson has been the best player in the Bears' secondary over the past three seasons. He's started all 45 games in his career and has combined for 143 tackles, 35 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions in his four-year career.
As a Bears fan allowing Johnson to request a trade bothered me until I heard how much he is asking for. Johnson is asking for $18-20 million a year according to sources around the league. Which is around the price of what Jaire Alexander, Denzel Ward, Jalen Ramsey, Marlon Humphrey, and Trevon Diggs are getting paid.
I love Johnson as a player but he isn't in the same league as those guys and is asking for significantly way too much money. His contract yearly should be around $14-16 million which guys like Carlton Davis, Darius Slay, and Jamel Dean are making.
If Johnson is traded at the deadline Chicago will turn to a second-year corner Kyler Gordon and rookie cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson and Terrell Smith to step up in Johnson's absence.
Teams like the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills have been targeted as teams that have shown interest in the talented corner per Ed Werder.
If Johnson cannot find a trade partner the Bears have the opportunity to franchise tag him and run the risk of him not playing.
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