Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Traded to Eagles from Saints After Contract Talks

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 30, 2022

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints traded defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the deal came after failed contract-extension discussions between the Saints and Gardner-Johnson.

Gardner-Johnson split time as a nickel cornerback and a safety during his three-year tenure with the Saints, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

The 24-year-old University of Florida product is expected to play safety on a full-time basis following his move to Philadelphia, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Word of the trade came shortly after the Eagles released safety Anthony Harris, which opened up a starting spot in the secondary.

Gardner-Johnson has recorded 161 total tackles, 28 passes defended, five interceptions and three sacks across 43 NFL appearances. He received a mediocre 62.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus last season.

In June, the versatile defender said he was out to make a statement in 2022 for a perceived lack of recognition around the NFL.

"I ain't got no respect here, as in the league doesn't respect me," Gardner-Johnson told reporters. "They don't respect me, bro. I'm the menace. That's what y'all call me. Y'all ain't never said I was the best nickel in the league yet. I say that more than y'all say that."

Now he'll slide in alongside fellow safety Marcus Epps and cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry to give the Eagles a high-upside secondary.

Philadelphia ranked 11th in passing yards allowed last season (220.9 per game) and should have a strong chance to improve on that number in 2022.

The Eagles kick off the regular season Sept. 11 when they visit Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions.


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