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NFL Free Agency: Eagles add safety depth following CJ Gardner-Johnson’s departure

It didn’t take long for Howie Roseman and his Philadelphia Eagles to address the safety depth following the loss of CJ Gardner-Johnson to Detroit.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have agreed to terms with former Saints and Buccaneers safety Justin Evans.

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Evans, 27, is a former second-round pick of Tampa Bay. He appeared in 24 games from 2017-’18, logging four interceptions, one fumble recovery, and 93 solo tackles. Since the 2018 campaign, Evans’ career has been marred by injuries. He missed three seasons from 2019-’21 with an Achilles injuries.

Evans managed to get back on the field in 2022, signing with the New Orleans Saints prior to the season. He appeared in 15 games with four starts, tallying 29 combined tackles and one forced fumble.

For the Eagles, this feels more like a depth signing than anything else. When healthy, Evans is a more than capable backup who can spot start here and there. He’ll likely be a key contributor on special teams as well.

Expect the Eagles to bring in more help at safety before the NFL Draft in April.

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  1. Great news for the Eagles! It’s good to see Howie Roseman being proactive with addressing the safety depth. With Evans’ injury history, do you think the Eagles will look for additional help at the safety position in the upcoming NFL Draft or in free agency?

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