Eagles acquire DB CJ Gardner-Johnson from Saints – profootballrumors.com

Eagles acquire DB CJ Gardner-Johnson from Saints - profootballrumors.com

The Saints are trading one of their top defensive backs to the Eagles. CJ Gardner-Johnson is headed to Philadelphia, according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport (in Twitter). The teams later announced the agreement.

Gardner-Johnson, who played both safety and patrolled the slot for the Saints, staged a retention effort earlier in camp when he is angling for an extension. Talks have broken down, and the Saints are bailing on the talented defenseman.

It didn’t take too much in the way of compensation for this trade to go down. The Eagles send a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth to the Saints for Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 seventh, Pelissero. tweets. The 2024 sixth pick will be the lower of the Eagles’ two picks in that round.

The Eagles actually see Gardner-Johnson as a safety, Pelissero tweets. He will mate with Marcus Epps, who finished a strong training camp, at the position. A report earlier this month indicated the Eagles could get a safetybut Gardner-Johnson mostly excelled in the slot before this trade.

This will make for an interesting transition for the fourth-year veteran, especially coming into a contract year. Security, however, as the Jamal Adams, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James deals showed, proved to be a more profitable position than a slot corner.

Tuesday’s deal also marks the third splash trade for the Eagles this offseason; the Saints have now been involved in two of those moves. This trade comes after the move to acquire AJ Brown and the agreement to get a future first rounder from the Saints. No word on a possible Gardner-Johnson extension has dropped. The Eagles could wait here, but Jalen Dolas‘ rookie contract also offers some flexibility. The team also has no notable cash tied up at the safety position, having just released Anthony Harris.

While Pro Football Focus has rated Gardner-Johnson outside the top 50 at cornerback in each of the past two years, he has carved out a regular role among a veteran Saints DB corps. The former fourth-round pick has also become known for his ability to excite opposition — both opponents and teammates, considering Michael Thomas2020 team-imposed suspension came after he threw a punch at Gardner-Johnson. It will be interesting to see how he does in Philly.

The Saints have assembled a deep secondary in recent years, and NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan tweets newbie Alontae Taylor is one of the players — along with Bradley Roby and a former crack PJ Williams – who worked internally replacing Gardner-Johnson during camp. The team also already has a big-ticket cornerback deal (Marshon Lattimore) in secondary which also now includes Tyrann Mathieuthe $9MM-AAV deal of.

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