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.

That’s depth.

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.