NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)— On Friday, Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson was a no-show for practice. Gardner-Johnson, in the final year of his rookie contract, wants a new one.
He should get one – within reason. But if I were him, I would be practicing every day.
He’s not in the leverage position that Alvin Kamara was when Kamara got a new deal.
The Saints are very deep in the secondary, and second-round pick Alontae Taylor was probably selected for two reasons.
One, he’s talented.
Two, he’s insurance if Gardner-Johnson and the Saints can’t strike a deal.
Right now, the Saints without him have Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo, Bradley Roby, and Taylor at cornerback.
Let’s hope the Saints and C.J. get a deal done. But if his price is too high, the Saints have plenty of options.
And they should be in no hurry to get a deal done.