It’s been three weeks since Super Bowl LVII, and despite the loss, the Philadelphia Eagles are moving on. For C.J. Gardner-Johnson, the safety is moving on $14,111 richer.
In the fourth quarter of the big game, Gardner-Johnson lowered his helmet, hitting Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie running back Isiah Pacheco. Pacheco had to leave the game for a few plays, but the officials did not throw a flag.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson lays a BIG HIT 💥 on Isiah Pacheco, who had trouble getting up after the play. pic.twitter.com/1l0OJ0hCRA
— DIE-HARD 🦅 Fans (@Eaglesfans9) February 13, 2023
In the week following the Eagles’ loss, the safety confirmed the fine, taking to social media. On Twitter, he wrote “Tell me why I got fined from the hit in the Super Bowl.” His agent, Kevin Connor stated that Gardner-Johnson would be appealing it.
On Sunday, it was reported that the fine had been revoked.
This season, Gardner-Johnson missed five games due to a lacerated kidney, but still tied for the most interceptions in the league with six. He completed 67 total tackles and one sack.
He is now set to become a free agent, and it would be in Philadelphia’s best interest to keep him. While the Eagles tend to work out a multi-year extension, and if they can’t, they will franchise tag him. Unfortunately, it’s going to cost them, and the team’s available salary cap is low.
Free agency begins at 4 PM on Wednesday, March 15.