Working out a long-term extension for Sweat allows the Bears to preserve their 2024 franchise tag, which the team could use on cornerback Jaylon Johnson.

Johnson was granted permission to seek a trade ahead of the NFL’s Oct. 31 deadline after the cornerback and the Bears did not come to an agreement on an extension.

“We are still open to getting a contract done, and I’m going to follow Jaylon’s lead on how he wants to go about doing that,” Poles said.