Lions Signing S C.J. Gardner-Johnson To One-Year Deal Worth Up To $8M

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Lions are signing safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson to a one-year, $8 million deal with $6.5million fully guaranteed signing.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson

The market was slow-moving for Johnson this offseason and he indicated some frustration with how things were going in free agency.

The Broncos came up as a potential landing spot, but it looks like the Lions proved to be his best option in the end.

Gardner-Johnson, 24, is a former fourth-round pick of the Saints back in 2019 out of Florida. He was entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract and was set to make a base salary of $2.54 million when the Saints traded him to the Eagles during the preseason. 

Gardner-Johnson is testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time. 

In 2022, Gardner-Johnson appeared in 12 games for the Eagles and recorded 61 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions, and eight pass defenses.

We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2023 NFL Free Agents list.

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