Jaylon Johnson

Bears Twitter shows Jaylon Johnson reporting to OTAs

Many Bears fans were worried Johnson was getting set to hold out of training camp

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Jaylon Johnson is officially back at Halas Hall to participate in the final week of OTAs. Johnson had made his intentions to return to Lake Forest known last week, and the Bears shared a photo of him back on the practice field on Tuesday.

Johnson is No. 33 in the bottom left photo.

OTAs are strictly optional for players to attend, although coaches always want every player to come and practice. Johnson had a couple of understandable excuses for missing the first two weeks of OTAs. He told ESPN’s Key, Jay & Max that he was spending time with his daughter in Fresno and was heading up a charity event for his non-profit Kevvy’s Vision Project.

Johnson has already proven himself as the top Bears cornerback and is already familiar with Matt Eberflus’ and Alan Williams’ defense. This is still a big year for him, though. Johnson is entering the final season of his four-year rookie deal and will become a free agent next offseason if he doesn’t receive a contract extension beforehand. But, Johnson says he isn’t worried about the money.

“For me, it’s just about going out and being who I am,” Johnson said on ESPN Radio. “I know I can be a dominant corner. I am a dominant corner in this league, following No. 1 wide receivers and just finding ways to continue to do my job at a high rate, continue to be a better teammate, continue to find ways to win.

“With winning comes paychecks, and I think at the end of the day, I need to focus on winning. That’s what I’m worried about going into Year 4.”

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