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James Bradberry made the Pro Bowl with the New York Giants in 2020, but it made no difference just a few years later when he was cut and signed with rival Eagles.
The Giants are all-in on the rebuild, and the release of Bradberry, as well as security Logan Ryan, should remove any doubt about that. Bradberry made the Pro Bowl just two years ago, so he instantly became the top cornerback in the free agent market.
New York got $ 10.1 million in salary cap by cutting Bradberry, which explains why they let such a talented player beat free agency. What they do with that money, however, will determine if this is the right move or not.
What’s even more painful for the Giants is the team’s Bradberry stuff to sign with on a one-year proof deal. The Eagles picked up the 28-year-old as he now has to face his old team and quarterback Daniel Jones twice in the regular season.
James Bradberry contract
Per Adam Schefter, Bradberry’s contract is for one year and $ 10 million. So basically it equates to Giants cap savings to cut him.
The Eagles were willing to pay up for a significant upgrade to the No. 2 cornerback slot. In 2021, Bradberry played all 17 games with New York and recorded four interceptions, 17 passes and 47 tackles.
Eagles steal James Bradberry
Giants general manager Joe Schoen was surprised that there was no more trading interest in Bradberry before and after the NFL Draft. He openly admitted this during a recent interview.
‘I thought there would be greater interest. There were some teams that showed interest pre-draft and we had a couple of different times where compensation was in place and the contract never succeeded. Since we had good talks with the other teams and their agents had good talks with teams, sometimes if you have to renegotiate a contract and not be able to reach an agreement, that’s what it is, “said Schoen., According to WFAN.
But interested teams knew that if they just waited the Giants out, they would eventually release Bradberry. For the Eagles, it offered an opportunity they probably would not have had in trade negotiations for him – to steal their NFC East rivals No. 1 corner.