The Saints were not able to get the most: Philadelphia sent New Orleans the 2023 fifth-round selection and
the 2024 sixth-round choice in exchange for Gardner-Johnson, and the 2025 seventh-round selection according to Pelissero.
Gardner-Johnson was often in the position of nickel back for New Orleans' defense in the past year, moving back from his safety spot to protect slot receivers.
He was a good job and finished sixth in anticipated points targeted (-3) in the defensive backs that played at least 50% of their time covering as slot corners in 2021, as per The Next Gen Stats.
Unfortunately for Gardner-Johnson, the nickel corner isn't able to command the same amount of money as other important roles.
Gardner-Johnson is expected to be full-time player within Philadelphia, per Pelissero opening the door for him to make more money at some point during the season.
Gardner-Johnson is considered to be a fiery athlete who plays with a lot of enthusiasm. Gardner-Johnson has also been often criticized by teammates on the opposite player on several occasions.
We sold Chauncey Gardner-Johnson for the Eagles. I'd like to add this: It wasn't an easy choice," Saints head coach Dennis
Allen said to the media the following day. "We wouldn't have taken that step in the event that we weren't sure of the team we were in.