Bears CB Jaylon Johnson named to PFF’s All-Breakout Team

Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson had a career year during the 2023 season, where he emerged as one of the league’s best cornerbacks.

Johnson had a career-high four interceptions, 36 tackles and 10 pass breakups in 14 games. He proved to be one of the NFL’s best cover cornerbacks and unlocked the takeaway aspect of his game, earning his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods.

Johnson was named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Breakout Team for the 2023 season. He led all cornerbacks with a 90.8 overall grade, including a top coverage grade of 91.0.

With free agency looming, Jaylon Johnson likely made himself a lot of money with his 2023 performance. He was the only cornerback with a higher PFF grade than DaRon Bland (90.8), and he led the position in coverage grade (91.0).

Despite playing a hefty 530 coverage snaps, Johnson allowed just 25 catches on 50 targets for 195 yards and one touchdown to go along with four interceptions. Unless he gets hit with the franchise tag or signs an extension with the Bears, expect Johnson to be one of the most coveted players on the market in the 2024 offseason.

Johnson is slated to become a free agent in March, but general manager Ryan Poles has made it clear Johnson will be with the Bears in 2024. Whether that means signing Johnson to a lucrative, multi-year extension or using the franchise tag remains to be seen. But it’s clear Poles understands the importance of Johnson to this young, ascending defense looking to take the next step in 2024.

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire