“I'm going to be there for sure next week,” Johnson said Thursday on Keyshawn, JWill and Max on ESPN Radio. “I know I had a lot of things off the field going on.”
Johnson, a fourth-year pro out of Utah, is in the final year of his rookie deal. His absence from Bears OTAs led to heavy speculation that he was unhappy with his contract situation. He made it clear that wasn’t the case, saying that he's been spending most of his time working for his nonprofit and being with his daughter.
Though he hasn’t been in the Bears' building, Johnson has still participated in virtual meetings and has been engaged with the team's coaching staff throughout the offseason. He insists he's not focused on contract talks but instead on finding ways to improve heading into a contract year.
“For me, it's just about going out and being who I am. I know I can be a dominant corner,” Johnson said. “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.”
Jaylon Johnson started every game of his career so far for the Bears. He has one interception in 39 games. In 2022, he allowed one touchdown and had 35 combined tackles in 11 games.