Saints safety Chauncey “C.J.” Gardner-Johnson is shockingly on the move.
New Orleans is sending the former fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Network reported Tuesday, citing the surprise trade as a result of a breakdown in contract negotiations.
“They printing money today, go get it!!!” Gardner-Johnson wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, before reports of the trade surfaced.
The Saints, who are also sending a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Eagles, will receive a 2023 fifth-round selection and two 2024 sixth-round selections from Philadelphia after their acquisition of Gardner-Johnson, 24.
Gardner-Johnson, who was selected 105th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, had been seeking a new deal this offseason, and “limited his activity in recent practices,” per NewOrleans.Football.com.
News of Gardner-Johnson’s trade comes on the same day that all 32 teams are slated to trim down their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET.
The Eagles will open the season on the road against the Detroit Lions. Philadelphia will host Gardner-Johnson’s former Saints team on Jan. 1, 2023.