Detroit Lions S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s contract incentives released

Find out how Chauncey Gardner-Johnson can make an additional $1.5 million in 2023 with the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions made significant moves during the offseason to strengthen their secondary, and one key addition was the signing of free agent defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson to a one-year contract. The base value of Gardner-Johnson's deal with the Lions is $6.5 million, but it has been revealed that he also has the potential to earn up to an additional $1.5 million through incentives. The specific details of these incentives were not initially disclosed, but recent reports have shed light on the benchmarks Gardner-Johnson needs to achieve to maximize his earnings.

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Key Points

  • The Detroit Lions signed free agent defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson to a one-year contract.
  • Gardner-Johnson's deal includes incentives that could increase his earnings by up to $1.5 million.
  • Ari Meirov obtained the detailed breakdown of Gardner-Johnson's incentive structure.
  • The incentives are tied to defensive snap percentages and interceptions.
  • Meeting specific benchmarks, such as playing 70% or 80% of defensive snaps or recording 3 or 5 interceptions, would trigger additional payments.
  • Gardner-Johnson's presence will not only bolster the Lions' secondary but also bring valuable leadership qualities to the team's locker room.

Detroit Lions S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson's contract incentives released

Here are the contract incentives for Gardner-Johnson, via Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team:

70% of defensive snaps$375,000
80% of defensive snaps$375,000
3 or more interceptions$375,000
5 or more interceptions$375,000

Bottom Line – Earning Through Performance

The revelation of the contract details for C.J. Gardner-Johnson unveils the intricacies of the agreement between him and the Detroit Lions. The inclusion of incentives based on defensive snap percentages and interceptions adds an exciting dimension to Gardner-Johnson's role within the team. As he strives to meet the specified targets, his performance on the field will not only impact his personal earnings but also contribute to the success of the Lions' defense. Gardner-Johnson's signing represents a strategic move by the Lions to strengthen their secondary and build a competitive and motivated team.


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