Jaylon Johnson, CB, Bears
On the off chance the Chicago Bears just up and let Jaylon Johnson walk in free agency, the Green Bay Packers should absolutely be interested in signing him. The former second-round pick out of Utah had four interceptions this year, a breakout season with the Bears.
There were rumors around the NFL trade deadline that Johnson could get moved, but ultimately, the Bears seemingly balked at any offers they were given.
Does that mean they're going to sign Johnson to a long-term deal? No. Does it mean they're going to tag him? No, but those might be likelier options than him hitting the market. But again, if he does hit the market, he'd immediately jump near the top of the Packers' priority list with his combination of age, upside, and talent.
Jeff Okudah, CB, Falcons
Another one for my personal brand in NFL free agency is reclamation projects. I think there's a time and a place to sign guys who are close to, at, or over the age of 30, but typically, the best free-agent signings are going to be guys who can still earn a second contract with your team.
I think Jeff Okudah on a one-year deal is one of the most intriguing options for any team in free agency in 2024, but especially a team that needs cornerback help like Green Bay.
Okudah was once the second pick in the NFL Draft. He's obviously got talent but hasn't been able to stay healthy. He's only going to be 25 years old in February, and has put together two straight seasons where he's played 12-plus games.
Perhaps the arrow is pointing up here.