There are rumors that the Philadelphia Eagles will bring back safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who is scheduled to hit the free-agent market.

Philadelphia sports media personality, Howard Eskin first reported this on 94.1 WIP earlier this week.

Gardner-Johnson played for the Eagles in 2022 before signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions last year.

The Eagles acquired Gardner-Johnson in a trade with the New Orleans Saints ahead of the 2022 NFL season. 

Gardner-Johnson helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl, where they were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished the regular season tied for the most interceptions in the league with six in his only season with the Eagles.

The Eagles had offered Gardner-Johnson a new contract for 2023, but he chose to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Gardner-Johnson spent most of the season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He played in just three games and had 17 total tackles, three passes defended and one interception.

The Eagles released safety Kevin Byard on Friday, which frees up more than $13 million against the cap in 2024.

This leaves Reed Blankenship and Tristin McCollum as the only healthy safety’s under contract for the Eagles.

With being safety being a position the Eagles need to address, bringing Gardner-Johnson back would make perfect sense.

Gardner-Johnson is a talented player coming off a season in which he was injured for most of it, will mean that the price tag for him will be much cheaper.

Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in November 2022. Photo courtesy of Images


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