As expected, James Bradberry was released by the New York Giants after weeks of speculation. The veteran cornerback was released in a cap saving move.
After losing Steven Nelson to the Houston Texans this offseason and failing to find a starting-caliber corner in free agency or the draft, should the Eagles go after Bradberry? Let’s look at the pros, cons and my personal verdict on if the Eagles should go after Bradberry.
When was the last time the Eagles had a Pro Bowl or All-Pro cornerback?
Signing Bradberry could change that this season. He’s long and tall, 6′1″ to be exact. He would be an exact fit in Jonathan Gannon’s scheme. It also appears that Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox would welcome Bradberry after retweeting a tweet by PFF a few days ago.
Bradberry could also face the Giants twice this season if signed. One could imagine he is not happy that he has been released after the first wave of free agency and the draft.
Signing Bradberry could benefit the Eagles for years to come. Bradberry is only 28 and could sign an extension if he plays well this season. Per Over The Cap, the Eagles have just under $4.97 million in available cash. Howie Roseman could work his known magic and sign Bradberry to a team friendly multi-year deal.
The Eagles have several young corners already on the roster such as Zech McPherson, Tay Gowan, Josiah Scott, Kary Vincent Jr, and Mac McCain III. They also signed undrafted free Agents such as Josh Jobe, Josh Blackwell and Mario Goodrich.
Signing Bradberry could hinder any of these players’ careers if they make the roster this year. It’s also worth noting, if Bradberry has mutual interest in the Eagles, would he want to stay in the NFC East? And What kind of contract is Bradberry searching for? Is he hoping for a big payday, or perhaps open to a one-year prove it deal?
James Bradberry To The Eagles: The Verdict
If Bradberry does indeed sign with the Eagles, the pros certainly outweigh the cons.
Howie Roseman and company should definitely make a run for James Bradberry. While last year’s secondary was an improvement from the previous year there is certainly room for even more improvement. Signing Bradberry could be the cherry on top for the best free agency for the Eagles since 2017.
He would be an upgrade over Steven Nelson and the other corners already on the roster. Bradberry could also be CB1 if need be. Adding Bradberry would take the Eagles’ defense to new heights after failing to sign a corner in free agency and not drafting one in the draft last month.
The Eagles cannot afford to not try to sign Bradberry. What do you all think? Should the Eagles sign James Bradberry? Would it be a good move? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.