CJ Gardner-Johnson agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions on Sunday night after helping the Philadelphia Eagles reach the Super Bowl last month.
Gardner-Johnson’s agent, Kevin Conner of Universal Sports Management, confirmed to NFL Network that the deal was for one year and worth $8 million with $6.5 million guaranteed.
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The defensive back was traded from the New Orleans Saints to the Eagles in the 2022 offseason. In his only season with the Eagles, he tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions and had 67 combined tackles. He had eight passes defensed. He only played 12 regular season games for Philadelphia.
In the Super Bowl LVII loss, he had four tackles and played on all of the Eagles’ defensive snaps.
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There were questions about whether the Eagles would retain Gardner-Johnson this offseason, but it looked like they would lose another member of a defense that was second in yards allowed and eighth in points allowed. Philadelphia also lost Javon Hargrave, Kyzir White and TJ Edwards in the offseason.
Gardner-Johnson has now met with Dan Campbell and Aaron Glenn. Campbell and Glenn were assistants in New Orleans before taking over in Detroit.
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The Lions were 9-8 last season.