Eagles make huge addition in surprise trade with Saints
The Philadelphia Eagles have made a huge move to bolster their defense with fewer than two weeks to go until the start of the 2022 NFL season.
The Eagles acquired starting defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in a trade with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. Gardner-Johnson is in the final year of his contract and had been seeking a new deal.
The official terms of the deal involved Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 7th-round pick going to the Eagles in exchange for a 2023 5th-round pick and 2024 6th-round pick.
Gardner-Johnson, a fourth-round pick in 2019, should immediately step into a starting role with the Eagles. The former Florida star had three interceptions and two sacks in 12 games last season. He is listed as a safety but played mostly as the Saints’ top slot cornerback over the past two years. Gardner-Johnson is projected to be a starting safety in Philly, which could lead to him landing a bigger contract.
In Philadelphia, Gardner-Johnson is expected to be a full-time safety – a position that’s become far more lucrative than the nickel spot he often played in New Orleans.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2022