Philadelphia Eagles: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to PHI in shocking deal

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been widely praised this offseason for the bevy moves he’s made, from adding A.J. Brown to James Bradberry and Temple’s own Haason Reddick. As the cutdown deadline looms, he may have outdone himself once again.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and NFL.com, the Eagles have agreed to a trade with the New Orleans Saints centered around young star defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

Throughout the entire offseason, the only two question marks for the Eagles have been the quarterback position — which Jalen Hurts quieted some this offseason — and the terrifying lack of talent at safety. Now, the team looks set on all fronts heading into the 2022 season.

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

The complete trade details are as follows per Adam Schefter:

Philadelphia will receive Gardner-Johnson and the Saints’ 7th round pick in 2025, while New Orleans will receive Philadelphia’s 2023 5th round pick in 2023 and the worse of the Eagles’ two 6th round picks in 2024.

An absolute steal of a deal considering the caliber player Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is. It’s also worth noting that the Eagles’ own the Saints first round pick in 2023, making this trade a success on multiple levels.

A versatile defensive back during his career with the New Orleans Saints, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will be transitioning to a full-time — or at least, mostly full-time — safety position.

This is according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who also stated that it will allow the soon-to-be free agent to pursue full-time safety money this offseason — which is a great deal more lucrative than that of a nickel corner which he played in New Orleans.

That’s for the future, however. The here and now is what matters, especially how it affects the Philadelphia Eagles.

In three seasons, Gardner-Johnson has racked up a grand total of 161 tackles, 28 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. His impact has been clear, and he is considered one of the rising stars at the position in the entire league.

Gardner-Johnson is also known as one of the fiercest players in the entire league, fearing no man and wanting all the smoke there is. He’s a hard-nosed, in-your-face personality who you hate to face but love to have on your side.

His potential impact cannot be understated for this Philadelphia Eagles team.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson comes to Philadelphia, where he will join defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, whose specialty just so happens to be defensive backs. A starting lineup featuring Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Marcus Epps, and now, Gardner-Johnson, will be a force to be reckoned with and one of the top groups in the entire NFL.

In short, the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary got a whole lot better and a whole lot nastier today.