The Chicago Bears had a lot of optimism heading into the 2023 season but sitting with a 2-6 record before the NFL Trade Deadline was not what they were hoping for. With some talent wanting to figure out what is coming next, there have been some discussions about trading away talent.
One player who has been a star for the Chicago Bears has been cornerback Jaylon Johnson. He was in contract negotiations for a new deal with the Bears last week but the two sides were not close to a deal according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. With no new deal looking to happen, Johnson has decided to request a trade with less than 24 hours before the 2023 NFL Trade Deadline.
#Bears corner Jaylon Johnson has requested a trade, per source. Chicago granted permission to search for a new home before today’s trade deadline. The player and team negotiated a new contract last week but couldn’t come close to a deal. So, a talented corner is now available. pic.twitter.com/XCU5EsZqF2
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 31, 2023
Johnson has been a star on the field as he has 18 total tackles, one forced fumble, a pair of interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and four pass deflections. He could be a great secondary option for any team looking for a corner as the trade deadline inches closer.
Expect general manager Ryan Poles to be working the phones in order to get as good of a package for the talented corner as possible. Johnson is a free agent after the season so if he is moved, it is likely he would be looking for an extension if and when the trade happens.
What can the Chicago Bears get for Jaylon Johnson?
Jaylon Johnson has been one of the most underrated players in the league and should be worth some draft capital to acquire. However, with the trade request now being public and being in the final season of his rookie deal, it is likely if a trade were to happen that the compensation is going to feel a bit lighter than a player of his talent.
What team should trade for Jaylon Johnson?
With the talent on the roster, one team that should be on the phone with the Chicago Bears is the Baltimore Ravens. They need some help in the secondary and are playing well with a 6-2 record. The only issue is the Ravens only have five picks as the Bears already hold their second and fifth-round picks from the Roaquon Smith trade.
They can always trade 2025 draft capital as they have all but their 2025 sixth-round pick as well to move. This feels like the ultimate landing spot for the young and talented corner that would work well for both sides.