Expect Eagles, Jalen Mills reunion talk with Gardner-Johnson out of picture

Jalen Mills #2 (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Jalen Mills #2 (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

And, just like that, C.J. Gardner-Johnson is a Philadelphia Eagles star no more. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the news that we’ve been waiting to hear shortly after 9:30 p.m. EST on Sunday. We now know where C.J. is headed, and as you might expect, as it always does, the news spread like wildfire.

Much of Philadelphia Eagles Nation is unhappy. The remainder of the contingent, those who probably retired or went to bed early to prepare for another workweek will no doubt be upset when they rise on Monday.

C.J. trades midnight green for Honolulu blue as he signs a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. His new team will reportedly pay him about $8 million.

It’s believed that Howie Roseman offered Gardner-Johnson a long-term deal. It’s also believed that Gardner-Johnson overestimated the size of his market and what he should be earning. Howie moved on. He signs a one-year deal with Detroit.

While fingers were crossed that both sides would come together, there were always theories that this could be the outcome.

The Birds have now lost both starting safeties from last season’s roster, so with that being said, don’t be shocked if you begin hearing rumors containing a familiar name. As a matter of fact, those rumors have already begun.

Theories about a Jalen Mills/Eagles reunion are beginning to be expressed publicly.

By now, you have watched enough of this team’s dealings to understand that the Eagles like to keep guys they know on speed dial should they have any roster needs. You’re also well aware that the New England Patriots, after inking former Bird Jalen Mills to a four-year, $24 million contract on March 19th of 2021, announced recently, on March 17th, that they’re releasing him almost two years later.

You already know how this works. Again, you’ve watched the Eagles enough to understand what comes next. Cue the Jalen Mills/Eagles reunion rumors.

At this point, it would seem the best thing would be for Philly to explore draft options. There are also no reports stating Philly is interested, but with two obvious holes at safety, it would seem this makes some sense even if it’s farfetched.

As the workweek gets underway, we’ll see if the rubber meets the road and if this theory begins to enjoy some traction. Don’t count on it though.