CJ Gardner-Johnson is wasting little time throwing shots at his old team.
The Philadelphia Eagles boasted arguably the NFL’s most well-rounded and dominant roster in 2022. However, C.J. Gardner-Johnson won’t be on it after he decided to take his talents to the Detroit Lions. He isn’t leaving quietly.
On Twitter, the safety deleted a tweet claiming he is being blackballed in response to him departing from Philly.
He now thinks his new team is even more talented when he said Monday that Detroit has “a little bit better” talent than what he played with in Philadelphia last year, according to Dave Birkett of Detroit Free Press.
He continued: “But that’s just on me, from the outside looking in. This team has talent. We can win the division, like possibly win the division. Everybody should feel that way, but when I look at a team coming from where I came from, the teams I played on, won multiple divisions, been in playoff games, and been to the Super Bowl, this team has what it takes to be a divisional (champ), get there, win the division, get to the playoffs.”
Last year, the Eagles posted a league-best 14-3 record en route to reaching Super Bowl LVII. Instead of returning to the Eagles, Gardner-Johnson opted to go to the NFC North on a one-year, $8-million pact despite reportedly receiving a multi-year deal offer from the Eagles before the start of free agency.
Gardner-Johnson led the league with six interceptions last season.
He added he doesn’t hold anything against the Eagles.
“We went to the Super Bowl,” he said. “We didn’t win it, but the experience that I had, I don’t have any bad blood. I mean, people overreact to a tweet in free agency but it was never disrespectful to the organization. The organization was like family, it’s just you got to do what’s best for your family, that’s all it is.”
The upstart Lions went 9-8 last year, which was their best record since 2017. They have missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.