The hope all offseason was that CJ Gardner Johnson would return to the Eagles. We now know that is not happening. Gardner-Johnson is signing a 1-Year, $8 million deal. And now the focus turns to how they replace him. There is the draft, but the Eagles are not exactly known for investing high draft assets into Safeties. They could turn to in-house options. But those are… well they aren’t great. Reed Blankenship filled in admirably. But if you are going into a season with an undrafted player in his second season as your best safety, there will be a lot of nerves. And there is no one after him you could even consider trusting as a starter.
More than likely, they will be bringing in another veteran to play alongside Blankenship. The good news is, given what CJ Gardner Johnson and other top Safties in this season’s free-agent class are getting, it shouldn’t cost too much. The Safety market has not struck gold this offseason. Bad if you are a Safety looking to get a new deal. But it is great if you are a team looking to add a quality Safety to your squad.
And there are still some good options out there. Either via free agency or a trade. Here are some Safeties they can bring in.