The Jaylon Johnson contract saga continues.

The University of Utah product was given a nonexclusive franchise tag from the Chicago Bears Tuesday, guaranteeing him a $19.8 million salary for 2024 should he choose to sign the tag.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news, which has since been confirmed by the team.

Under the nonexclusive tag, Johnson can still sign with another organization, but the Bears would hold the right to match any competing offer in order to retain Johnson. Should Chicago choose not to match, the team would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

Johnson, a second-round draft pick in 2020, enjoyed a breakout 2023 campaign with the Bears, grabbing four interceptions to earn Second Team All-Pro honors.

Chicago has expressed interest in signing Johnson to a long-term extension and had previously wished to avoid playing the franchise tag game, but receiving the tag Tuesday allows the organization to prevent losing Johnson outright to free agency.

Johnson and the Bears have until mid-July to agree on an extension. If an agreement is not reached before then, Johnson cannot be signed long-term until after the coming season.

In three collegiate seasons with the Utes, Johnson recorded 102 total tackles with seven interceptions and was a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection.