Report: Philadelphia Eagles Making a Push to Re-Sign C.J. Gardner-Johnson Before NFL Free Agency

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (23) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Jeremey Fowler is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles are making a “strong push” to re-sign safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson before NFL free agency begins.  Fowler adds, the Eagles are likely not out of it even if Gardner-Johnson tests free agency.  The NFL’s legal tampering period begins on Monday and free agency kicks off on Wednesday, March 15 at 1 PM/Eastern.  

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The Eagles acquired Gardner-Johnson and a 7th round pick on August 30 in exchange for a 5th and 6th round pick, respectively.  Traditionally a cornerback, the Eagles moved CJGJ to safety where he excelled.  He led the league in interceptions before suffering a lacerated kidney in week 12.  

Gardner-Johnson is expected to be one of the premier defensive backs of the 2023 NFL free agent class.  Sportrac estimates he will receive a 5-year, $66MM ($13.3MM AAV) contract in free agency.  The Eagles may have no say in the matter if the race for CJGJ reaches free agency and the expected bidding war.