Hours After Trying to Recruit Odell Beckham Jr. to Philadelphia, Reports Claim C. J. Gardner-Johnson Set to Leave Eagles

Published 03/14/2023, 7:59 AM EDT

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Odell Beckham Jr. has been the talk of the town as battle lines are being drawn between teams for trades. With his trademark excellence on the field, he has become a coveted player. While some have speculated that he might join Rodgers in New York, the Philadelphia Eagles also seem to be looking to acquire the WR. The wide receiver would certainly become the missing piece of the puzzle that might help the Eagles win the Super Bowl. However, this pursual might also have some negative consequences for the team.

Hours after the Eagles had gone on to woo OBJ, reports concerning safety, CJ Gardner-Johnson went viral on Twitter. As bad news struck, the news that came saddened fans.

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While OBJ is definitely a huge asset that the Eagles would benefit from, Johnson was present in a team that has gone to the Super Bowl. While the Birds are not aware of how OBJ would blend in with the team, Johnson has proven himself as a Super Bowl contender. Therefore, it was no surprise that sad reports of him possibly leaving started coming in.

While nothing is confirmed, there have been whispers of a possibility that Johnson might not play for the home of cheesesteaks next year. While the organization claims they’ve put its best foot forward, they haven’t attempted to franchise tag the safety. Fans have obviously been very upset about this news.


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They went on to have an insane reaction after the news went viral.

Fans go crazy over Johnson’s potential departure

Eagles fans have gone on to react and express their sadness for the potential departure of Johnson. One fan mentioned how the whole fanbase is desperate.

Furthermore, fans also expressed their concern about his staying.

There were also comments that wondered why someone would want Johnson gone.

However, fans expressed how there still might be hope.

Fans also requested a reprieve from the uncertainty.


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It remains very clear that the fans truly want Johnson to stay. However, with the pursuit of talent like OBJ, it might seem that the attention is not on Johnson right now.

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The Eagles pursuing OBJ might have rubbed Johnson the wrong way. However, only time will tell how the situation between the Eagles and both these players progress.


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Aditya Rajput


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Aditya Rajput is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Advertising and Branding from FLAME University. His favorite player is Tom Brady, the best quarterback to play the game in his opinion, but his favorite team is Brady's Super Bowl kryptonite, the New York Giants.
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Deepika Bhaduri