Jaylon Johnson is actively seeking a new destination, and the Chicago Bears have granted him permission to explore potential trades before the approaching Tuesday trade deadline. According to information from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport’s sources, this decision comes after several days of discussions and negotiations.
Johnson, currently in the last year of his rookie contract, finally received the green light to pursue a trade around midnight, as reported by Rapoport. The trade deadline is set to conclude today at 4 p.m. ET, leaving limited time for potential moves.
At just 24 years old, Jaylon Johnson has made a significant impact on the field this season, amassing 18 tackles, four pass defenses, a forced fumble, and two interceptions in six games. Notably, he returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown during Week 7 against the Raiders.
Johnson’s performance this season has been exceptional, with the best defensive Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade of his career at 84.4 and an impressive coverage grade of 85.8, surpassing his previous highs of 64.2 and 65.2, respectively.
While Johnson expressed his desire to remain in Chicago earlier in October, he acknowledged the uncertainty of the situation, stating that anything can happen. Following his first career pick-six, he also emphasized his belief that his elevated performance deserves appropriate compensation.
Given Jaylon Johnson’s outstanding performance this season, it is likely that several teams in need of a cornerback will express interest in acquiring him. Additionally, the 2-6 Chicago Bears could benefit from receiving valuable assets in return, especially if prior discussions with Johnson indicate that they might lose him when his contract expires in March.
As the trade deadline approaches and with Jaylon Johnson openly exploring his options, it remains to be seen whether he will be wearing a different uniform come Sunday.