Philadelphia Eagles canjean por DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson of New Orleans Saints, cortan a Anthony Harris

Philadelphia Eagles canjean por DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson of New Orleans Saints, cortan a Anthony Harris

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles acquired defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

The Eagles received Gardner-Johnson and the Saints’ 2025 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick and the second of their two 2024 sixth-round picks.

Gardner-Johnson, who has experience as a cornerback and safety, is expected to play safety in Philadelphia.

The Eagles created a starting safety opportunity before the trade by releasing veteran Anthony Harris, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Gardner-Johnson will be paired with Marcus Epps at fullback.

Gardner-Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract and was looking for a new contract. He didn’t fully participate in training at the start of camp, didn’t take part in team drills, and sometimes just ran errands, holding his own while asking for a new contract.

He returned to full participation on August 8, and Allen said at the time that would be the expectation going forward. He was a complete participant after that.

Gardner-Johnson had said this summer that he thought he was the best nickel cornerback in the NFL.

The Saints have depth at cornerback after acquiring Bradley Roby in a trade from the Houston Texans last summer and drafting Alontae Taylor in the second round this year.

Gardner-Johnson, 24, was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft by the Saints. He had a career-high three interceptions last season and added seven passes defended, two sacks and four tackles for loss. He has 28 passes defended in three seasons.

Safety was considered the weakest position on a strong Eagles roster. They signed former San Francisco 49ers Jaquiski Tartt to a one-year deal in June, but he had a quiet summer overall and was reportedly released.

Gardner-Johnson has the range and positional flexibility that defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon looks for in defensive backs.

Harris, 30, played six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the Eagles in free agency in 2021. He had 72 tackles, one interception and three passes defended in 14 games last season, missing time with multiple injuries.

ESPN’s Katherine Terrell contributed to this report.

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