PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The free agency period is always a fun one. For Detroit Lions fans, it’s already been an exciting time, with some surprises such as the Lions signing running back David Montgomery and Jamaal Williams signing with New Orleans.

Now, the Lions have sealed a multi-million dollar deal to snag one of the best safties in the NFL. Read on for the story behind the signing and what it could mean for the Detroit Lions.

  • Adding to the Lions' Defense

    The Detroit Lions need to improve their defense in 2023. Now, the team has signed former Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson to a one-year, $8 million deal, per NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero. That deal also reportedly includes $6.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.

    Super Bowl LVII - Kansas City Chiefs v Philadelphia Eagles

    GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 12: C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field prior to playing the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • What can he bring to the Lions?

    C.J. Gardner-Johnson had an impressive first year with the Eagles, clocking six interceptions. He was also a big help on defense to help take the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Hence, it appears the Lions have snagged a key part of their defense going forward. Before Philly, he was with the Saints.

    Philadelphia Eagles v Indianapolis Colts

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 20: Zach Pascal #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles and C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles react after a play during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Injuries

    C.J. Gardner-Johnson’s season wasn’t without injuries. In week 12, he experienced a lacerated kidney, so he was out for five straight games. But, he was back in week 18 and help the Eagles go to the Super Bowl.

    Philadelphia Eagles v Houston Texans

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 03: C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates an interception during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on November 03, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

  • The Lion's defensive roster

    With the addition of C.J. Gardner-Johnson, the Lions’ defensive roster is looking stronger than it did going into 2022. Along with him, we’ve got Aidan Hutchinson, Malcolm Rodriguez and, also new, Cameron Sutton.

    NFC Divisional Playoffs - New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 21: C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

  • Fun Twitter reactions

    Here are some fun Twitter reactions from the signing!

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