The Bears gave cornerback Jaylon Johnson permission to pursue a trade on Monday, but nothing went well before Tuesday’s deadline and Johnson remains a member of the team heading into Week Nine.
Johnson said Wednesday that he requested the trade because he and the team “weren’t really on the same page” in talks about a contract extension and he was surprised it didn’t materialize. General manager Ryan Poles indicated that neither team was willing to meet. A price of a late first- or second-round pick and said he doesn’t want to lose Johnson, but the cornerback said he’s not looking to continue talks about a new deal at this time.
“I mean, no. really too concentrated We’re working on it right now,” Johnson said, via Josh Schrock of NBCSportsChicago.com. “I just want to keep building up the season. I continue to build my resume as best I can, and I have some personal goals that I want to achieve and then from there we’ll figure it out when that time comes. That’s not what interests me right now. “I’m trying to win.”
Johnson said he feels his play this season has increased his value, but he’s “not asking to change the market or break records” in an eventual deal. It seems like any further push to do anything will wait until after the season and the need to figure something out with newly acquired running back Montez Sweat will also leave the Bears with a lot on their plate at that point.