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The Chicago Bears have authorized cornerback Jaylon Johnson to explore trade opportunities before the deadline

Jaylon Johnson expresses his desire for a new team. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport's sources, the Chicago Bears have granted the cornerback the green light to actively seek a trade, just ahead of the looming Tuesday trade deadline.

Johnson, who is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, finally obtained official permission for a potential trade around midnight, following several days of negotiations with his agent, Chris Ellison, as reported by Rapoport.

This announcement coincides with the NFL trade deadline, set at 4 p.m. ET. Chicago has already made a significant move by acquiring defensive end Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a second-round pick, as reported by Rapoport

At just 24 years of age, Jaylon Johnson boasts an impressive record with 18 tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, and two interceptions across six games. Notably, he returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown in Week 7 against the Raiders. What's particularly striking is his exceptional performance, with a career-best PFF defensive grade of 84.4 and a coverage grade of 85.8, surpassing his previous highs of 64.2 and 65.2, respectively.

While Jaylon Johnson initially expressed his intention to remain with the Chicago Bears in October, he acknowledged the unpredictability of the situation. After securing his first career pick-six, he asserted that his exceptional performance deserves a corresponding increase in compensation.

Considering Johnson's impressive performance this season, it is likely that a team in need of a cornerback will consider acquiring him and rewarding him accordingly. Furthermore, it would be advantageous for the struggling 2-6 Bears to secure something in return if prior discussions with Johnson indicate a potential departure in March.

Now that Jaylon Johnson has revealed his intentions, only time will tell whether he will be donning a new uniform by Sunday.