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Eagles acquire Gardner-Johnson in trade with Saints

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired defensive back Chauncey Gardner Johnson on Tuesday. The Eagles also acquired a seventh-round draft pick in the 2025 NFL Draft in the deal. 

In exchange, the New Orleans Saints acquired a fifth-round draft pick and the latter of two of the Eagles’ two sixth-round draft picks in 2024. 

Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson holds the football after a play in an NFL game
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson holds the football after a play in an NFL game (Photo by Michael C Hebert/New Orleans Saints)

“We were looking for opportunities to get better,” Executive Vice President/General manager Howie Roseman said after the team’s roster was cut to 53 on Tuesday afternoon. “When we looked at New Orleans and the depth that they had on their roster, we thought maybe it would be a fit, and the conversations kind of came together here in the last 48 hours. Excited to add him.

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“He’s a heck of a player. He loves football. (Jokingly) Obviously, he went to the right college (both Roseman and Gardner-Johnson went to Florida). We’ll just get him in here as quickly as possible, and I know our coaches will do a great job of getting him up to speed.”

The 24-year-old will be a safety with the Eagles. When he played for the Saints, he was a nickel cornerback. 

Gardner-Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Eagles will work on a new deal with him. 

The position change will be more lucrative for Gardner-Johnson, as he will earn more money from his new deal. The Saints could not reach an agreement with him before being shipped to Philadelphia. 

Gardner-Johnson has appeared in 43 games in the NFL. He made 31 starts with the Saints. 

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He has had 161 tackles in three seasons, including 15 tackles for a loss and 12 quarterback hits. Gardner-Johnson has also had 3.0 sacks. 

The Florida native has had five interceptions. He also has one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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