The Eagles obtained Gardner-Johnson and the Saints’ 2025 seventh-round draft choose in change for a 2023 fifth-round draft choose and the more serious of their two sixth-round draft picks in 2024, the supply informed Schefter.
Gardner-Johnson, who has expertise each as a slot nook and security, is predicted to play security in Philadelphia.
The Eagles created a gap at a beginning security spot earlier than the commerce by releasing veteran Anthony Harris, a supply informed Schefter. Gardner-Johnson might be paired with Marcus Epps within the again finish.
Gardner-Johnson is within the final yr of his rookie deal and was in search of a brand new contract. He didn’t totally take part in apply through the starting of camp, sitting out of staff drills and at occasions simply doing walk-throughs, successfully “holding in” whereas asking for a brand new deal.
He returned to full participation on Aug. 8 and Allen mentioned on the time that may be the expectation going ahead. He was a full participant after that.
Gardner-Johnson had mentioned at occasions this summer season that he thought he was one of the best nickel cornerback within the NFL.
Gardner-Johnson, 24, was chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2019 draft by the Saints. He posted a career-high three interceptions final season and added seven passes defensed, two sacks and 4 tackles for loss. He has 28 handed defensed over three seasons.
Security was thought to be the thinnest place on an in any other case sound Eagles roster. They signed former San Francisco 49ers security Jaquiski Tartt to a one-year deal in June, however he had a quiet summer season general and has reportedly been launched.
Gardner-Johnson has the vary and place flexibility defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon appears for in his defensive backs.
Harris, 30, performed six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings earlier than signing with the Eagles in free company in 2021. He had 72 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed over 14 video games final season, lacking time with a number of accidents.
ESPN’s Katherine Terrell contributed to this report.