Saints trade Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to Eagles

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The Saints and Eagles pulled off a surprise trade for a veteran player on 53-man roster cutdown day.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, a veteran defensive back, is getting shipped from New Orleans to Philadelphia, according to NFL Network. There’s no immediate word on what the Eagles are sending back to the Saints.

Gardner-Johnson made no secret in training camp that he wanted a new contract, but the Saints didn’t give him one. It’s unclear whether the Eagles are willing to pay him what he’s asking for.

A 2019 fourth-round draft pick, Gardner-Johnson was heading into the final year of his rookie contract and is due a base salary of $2.54 million this season.

Last year Gardner-Johnson played in 12 games, with 11 starts.

60 responses to “Saints trade Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to Eagles

  1. Good move by the Saints. Let this guy and his outrageous contract demands be Philly’s cap problem.

  2. As a close friend of the organization it is wondered if this is the next great Eagles safety to come from NOLA

  3. Sometimes teams don’t like players who don’t try? Eagles must either love him and are going to sign him to an extension, or it is exactly what it was with the Saints, a contract year.

  4. Wow. That’s pretty nuts. And Eagles release Anthony Harris. So I’m guessing CGJ is the starting safety, Avonte Maddox stays at slot corner. Epps is the other starter at safety, unless it’s Wallace or Scott. Worked out well first time with Jenkins. Hope it works out again.

  5. I thought this guy was a corner, or slot corner? Watching from the outside, I didn’t like how this guy annoys players and pushes the limit and does a lot of after-the-whistle type stuff. We’ll see how he does in philly.

  6. Eagles look to have a beauty secondary now. Darius Slay, James Bradberry, avonta Maddox, and now adding Gardner Johnson? I’d be super pumped right now if I wasn’t sort of worried about the fantasy football nature of stacking this defense over the off season

  7. That’s surprising. He’s carved out a pretty good niche for himself in that defense. One thing is for sure, a practice fight will be coming soon. He gets under everybody’s skin.

  8. I get he wanted a new contract but come on! I would have preferred you trade Latimore over CJ. The return had better be at least a 2nd rounder or this was just stupid.

  9. We are luck to have him. The alternatives might have been a disaster. I like that he’s an instigator. The drunk fans will love it!

  10. officially, CGJ and a 7th in ’25, Eagles give up 5th in ’23, and worst of their two 6th’s in ’24.

    Obviously depending on terms if he indeed has a new contract or if Eagles ride on the rookie deal and see how he plays…that’s a pretty good deal for the Eagles, I’d say.

    Did miss five games last year, guess it was some sort of foot injury.

  11. A fifth and sixth for Gardner and a seventh. Doesn’t sound like a return for a starter

  12. razzlejag says:
    August 30, 2022 at 11:21 am
    “I understand”
    – Chauncey Gardner
    ___________________
    I see I’m not the only one who thinks of Being There when this guy’s name comes up. You must water the seeds.

  13. There is absolutely ZERO Excuses for Jalen Hurts. You talk about fine dining ON BOTH SIDES of the ball. Loaded up on both Offense and Defense.

  14. It’s as if Chauncey Gardner-Johnson wasn’t happy about “being there” in New Orleans.

  15. Just another piece to great off-season rebuilding the team without rebuilding the team. Always a great day when we trade with the Saints. Win-win…. then we win.

  16. Saints have precedent for this. In 2015, Loomis traded Jimmy Graham, who looked like a shoo-in HOFer and on the verge of a huge payday, to Seattle for a starting center who anchored the O-line for the next five years (Max Unger) and a number 1 (who turned out to be Ryan Ranczyk, another anchor of the o-line). The trade helped set them up for the 2017-2020 of four straight division titles and multiple playoff game wins. Graham was never the same after that. A gamble to be sure, but better a year too soon than a year too late. That said, CGJ was a leader and a positive presence in the locker room. He will be missed

  17. Yep he was being a baby about money. Became a problem for the team.

    Great player but he is gonna get paid by Philly. It will come out how he was in meeting and so on. He was gonna walk after the season anyway so gettin something and removing a locker room before it comes a head is a win in my book.

  18. Not a fan of this move.

    Saints should have kept him this year, let him walk in ’23 free agency, and received a 3rd round compensatory pick.

  19. The Eagles had to know what his contract demands are BEFORE trading for him. Don’t kid yourself.

  20. Is Loomis from Philly or something..He got fleeced in the first round swap exchange last draft and now gives us the one piece we’re missing on defense to probably make us a top 5 defense…uh, thank you..

  21. You’d think this guy was the second coming of Ronnie Lott based on Eagle fans reactions. The truth is that he’s just an average safety who thinks he’s better than what he really is. Eagles are the best at overpaying average players. The truth is that as long as they have Hurts throwing balls in the dirt they aren’t winning anything

  22. Am I missing something? This is an absolute steal for the eagles. I would’ve expected at least a 4th round pick for this guy, especially given the probability the eagles/saints will be battling for playoff positioning, not to mention the possibility of a 4-5/3-6 playoff matchup

  23. Yeah..either that or it’s a massive upgrade (even if he is average) to what they had at safety before this. Furthermore, Hurts issue is not throwing the ball in the dirt a la Donovan McNabb. He did take an average-at-best roster to the playoffs last year & now has the best roster in the division, the eagles would be negligent for not seeing how he performs as the kid has gotten better every year since he was a freshman at Alabama. Let’s not forget the ammo they have to get a high end QB if Hurts can’t cut it. Who exactly are the eagles egregiously overpaying? Before you say AJ Brown, he’s a young player & that’s the going rate for #1 receivers AND he hasn’t played a snap yet for them so it’s incorrect to say that he’s overpaid (or worth the $) at this point. Nice try though, have fun with Marcus Mariotta & watching the falcons waste the elite talent of Kyle Pitts.

    dirtybirdie303 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 1:13 pm
    You’d think this guy was the second coming of Ronnie Lott based on Eagle fans reactions. The truth is that he’s just an average safety who thinks he’s better than what he really is. Eagles are the best at overpaying average players. The truth is that as long as they have Hurts throwing balls in the dirt they aren’t winning anything

  24. I’m sick over this! Who’s gonna get in Tom Brady’s face and cross his arms now!? A fifth round draft pick for a player of his stature is an INSULT! I wish the Saints would have maximized his talents this season and just let him walk as a free agent next off-season rather than get a bag of unsalted peanuts for such a talented player. In the words of “Florida Evans” on Good Times: Danm! Damn! Damn!

  25. Reports from NOLA are that (1) Saints made clear they were not going to extend CGJ this year, and (2) in turn, CGJ began skipping practices and giving major attitude to the coaching staff. With a first year coach replacing a legend, this was clearly a defining moment, and the Saints had to play hardball. Plus, as mentioned previously, the Saints have a history of ‘better a year too soon rather than a year too late” (e.g. Jimmy Graham, Malcom Jenkins’s first stint with thee Saints)

  26. trumpsgottago4386 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 1:24 pm
    Am I missing something? This is an absolute steal for the eagles. I would’ve expected at least a 4th round pick for this guy, especially given the probability the eagles/saints will be battling for playoff positioning, not to mention the possibility of a 4-5/3-6 playoff matchup

    ——————–

    Yeah. It’s called the cap and money. Philly is clueless when it comes to managing it.

  27. Howie mistake numbers 3000. Howie has a knack for getting guys at the wrong time. Same as Anthony Harris when all Philly fans said was a great pickup. Just got cut for Gardner, who will be a mistake as well. And for some reason Philly fans think Howie is a good GM. LOL.

  28. Philly fans are the worst for acting like every signing is the best in history. Funny how most of them fail in a couple of years after Howie overpays them.

  29. domefieldadvantage says:
    August 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    Reports from NOLA are that (1) Saints made clear they were not going to extend CGJ this year, and (2) in turn, CGJ began skipping practices and giving major attitude to the coaching staff. With a first year coach replacing a legend, this was clearly a defining moment, and the Saints had to play hardball. Plus, as mentioned previously, the Saints have a history of ‘better a year too soon rather than a year too late” (e.g. Jimmy Graham, Malcom Jenkins’s first stint with thee Saints)
    ———
    Malcolm Jenkins went on to be a great signing for the eagles. A team leader and Jack of all trades and was a big reason they won the super bowl. No way was it a good thing the the saints let him go.

  30. lawrence stacy says:
    August 30, 2022 at 2:19 pm
    Philly fans are the worst for acting like every signing is the best in history. Funny how most of them fail in a couple of years after Howie overpays them.
    ——–
    I don’t think any eagles fans are acting like we just signed an all pro player. He is, however, way better than what we had at safety. He’s above average and a dog of a player. You can tell by a lot of Saints fans reactions to this that the eagles got a solid player. I think it’s clear you’re just hating, buddy.

  31. Now Ingram can get his number back. Gardner-Johnson should have willingly given it to him as soon as he came back home to the saints. Respect.

  32. The rest of the NFC East has been warned….He’s good for getting one of your receivers ejected….Right, Chicago?

  33. I loved watching CJGJ on the Saints- he is just ok in coverage, but he has a knack for big plays and leaves it all out there. It is also apparent that he has little use for coaching- Saints fans saw that movie already with Junior Galette. Its just not something that they will tolerate for the most part, especially when they have ample talent in the secondary with or without CJGJ. Eagles fans will like him for the most part, Id guess- but, he is the 5th or 6th best DB the Saints had behind Lattimore, Adebo, Maye, Mathieu and maybe Roby if you’re being honest.

  34. touchback6 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Yeah. It’s called the cap and money. Philly is clueless when it comes to managing it.

    ———————————————

    You’re clearly still bitter about the SB loss. LOL

  35. Harris was a decent temporary band-aid. And all he ever was. I don’t think any Eagles fan said that was the greatest signing ever. Not a killer contract. Upgraded talent level at the position, which wasn’t great. Moved on.

    Like this move. We’ll see how much he gets paid. I like that they upgraded the one spot on the team I thought as of just a few days ago, that that was the one spot I felt least comfortable with.

    Up to the front line and edge rushers to disrupt the QB, which makes it all work better on the back end.

  36. bird2urmother says:
    August 30, 2022 at 2:23 pm
    domefieldadvantage says:
    August 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    Reports from NOLA are that (1) Saints made clear they were not going to extend CGJ this year, and (2) in turn, CGJ began skipping practices and giving major attitude to the coaching staff. With a first year coach replacing a legend, this was clearly a defining moment, and the Saints had to play hardball. Plus, as mentioned previously, the Saints have a history of ‘better a year too soon rather than a year too late” (e.g. Jimmy Graham, Malcom Jenkins’s first stint with thee Saints)
    ———
    Malcolm Jenkins went on to be a great signing for the eagles. A team leader and Jack of all trades and was a big reason they won the super bowl. No way was it a good thing the the saints let him go.

    —————————————–

    Agreed. Even Sean Payton has said that letting Jenkins go was the worst mistake he made in his tenure. That said, with better a year too soon than a year too late is a sound principle

  37. Saints get a fifth (2023) and a sixth(2024). The Eagle Get G-J and a seventh. Maybe the Saints just didn’t want to put up with this guy’s antics???

  38. touchback6 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 11:20 am
    Good move by the Saints. Let this guy and his outrageous contract demands be Philly’s cap problem.
    3 sure things in life: Death, Taxes and touchback6 with most thumbs down

  39. Oh really? It’s called cap & money? Really? The Saints cleared a ton of space in their failed pursuit for Deshaun Watson, this guy is on his rookie contract & would’ve most likely yielded them a 3rd round comp pick if they would’ve let him play out his contract. Maybe get a clue before pretending to know what you’re talking about. Also, howie roseman has his flaws but cap management is not one of them. Again, get a clue, you’re not very smart.

    touchback6 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm
    trumpsgottago4386 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 1:24 pm
    Am I missing something? This is an absolute steal for the eagles. I would’ve expected at least a 4th round pick for this guy, especially given the probability the eagles/saints will be battling for playoff positioning, not to mention the possibility of a 4-5/3-6 playoff matchup

    ——————–

    Yeah. It’s called the cap and money. Philly is clueless when it comes to managing it.

  40. Historically, any “star” player the Saints trade away never works out for who traded for them. There is a long list of players who were great with the Saints that didn’t work out after the trade.

    I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were the Eagles, but the price was modest.

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