Eagles acquire Gardner-Johnson from Saints in surprising trade

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Chauncey Gardner-Johnson entered training camp seeking a new contract. He enters the 2022 season with a new team instead.

The New Orleans Saints shipped Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles in a surprising cutdown day trade on Tuesday.

NFL Network was the first to report the trade and it has yet to be confirmed what the Eagles are giving the Saints in return.

A fourth-round pick in 2019 by New Orleans, Gardner-Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and slated to earn a base salary of $2.54million in 2022.

He was working on a contract extension with the Saints but, after negotiations stalled, the team explored a possible trade.

Able to play multiple positions in the secondary, the versatile Gardner-Johnson intercepted three passes last season to tie for the Saints team lead.

In 43 games over three seasons with New Orleans, Gardner-Johnson amassed 157 tackles, five interceptions and 28 passes defended in 31 starts.