Bears Agree to 4-year $76 Million Extension with Jaylon Johnson

After a year of on-again, off-again negotiations the Chicago Bears finally agreed to a 4-year contract extension with Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Johnson Thursday. The move came after Johnson received a non-exclusive franchise tag on Tuesday which would have guaranteed him $19.8 million in 2024 while allowing other teams to negotiate a long-term deal with him.

Instead of worrying about having to match a potential contract offer from a rival team, Bears GM Ryan Poles locked down the 2020 second round selection to a $76 million deal. The contract makes him the highest paid player on Chicago’s current roster.

The former Utah Ute had a breakout year in 2023 with four interceptions and a forced fumble to earn his first Pro Bowl invitation. It appears a big holdup in negotiations was Johnson’s demand to surpass the previous record high of guaranteed money paid to a corner which the Rams gave All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey in 2020. A demand the Bears finally met by literally the smallest amount possible with $43.8 million guaranteed compared to 43.7 for Ramsey.

With the Johnson deal and the extension for Montez Sweat Chicago is hoping to continue to strengthen an improving defensive unit. Now the expectation is a decision on what to do with Justin Fields will be coming in the next week or two. Stay tuned.

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