Gardner-Johnson had an excellent 2022 season with the Eagles, notching a league-high six interceptions in just 12 games and making timely plays, so it was shocking to see him not coming back to the squad.
Gardner-Johnson played a major role in making the Philadelphia Eagles one of the best defensive units in the entire NFL last year. His contributions directly helped them win the NFC Championship game and appear in the Super Bowl.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was on Up & Adams Friday and spoke about his Eagles departure and suggested they turned their backs on him.
“I don’t think no front office from where I’ve been at understands a player. They see here lash out, going against players on the field but it’s like, you rather got us passionate about you or not passionate. So I think when you get to a spot, you give it your all and then they just turn their back on you, I mean, you just treat it like a business.”
“I’m just here to do what I got to do but my teammates have to understand that you can’t put your feelings too much into it. So, I mean, I got to say, they want to take the game away from the player, but you can’t really do it because when you put me out there, you can’t make fun and bad about me. I’m always there for my teammates. I’m the first one in spot. But those type of conversations with the agents and teams, I just let it go.”
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson tested his options during the free agency period and ultimately decided to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions worth $6.5 million. It is an excellent bargain for the Lions who are on the come-up after their finish to the 2022 season.
Prior to joining the Eagles, he recorded five interceptions across three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He’s still just 25 years old and if he delivers another stellar year, he could find himself getting a huge deal next offseason.
The Lions could certainly use him as their defense gave up the third-most passing yards per game while also allowing the third-most total points.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.