Birds Return Bradberry With Major Contract
After the Eagles’ season ended, pending free-agent cornerback James Bradberry told reporters he had hoped to land with a good team and that he wasn’t coming cheap.
On Tuesday, he landed with the defending NFC championships and agreed to terms on a major contract – a reported 3-year, $38-million pact with upside for more, per ESPN.
All-Pro CB James Bradberry is returning to the Eagles on three-year deal worth $38 million, including $20 million fully guaranteed and another $6 million in incentives, per sources. Total package is $44 million. pic.twitter.com/SMPhDKlPub
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2023
Bradberry made second-team All Pro in his one year with the Eagles following his release from the Giants after the 2021 season. The 29-year-old corner recorded three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and 17 passes defended in 17 games, helping the Eagles finish with the NFL’s top pass defense en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
For his seven-year career, Bradberry has 18 interceptions and 99 pass breakups.
The one-time Pro Bowl corner reestablished himself as one of the NFL’s better corners and should be a major asset for new Eagles defensive coordinator Sean Desai, especially given the uncertain future of opposite corner Darius Slay, who’s seeking a new deal.
Bradberry’s $12.6 million average annual value is slightly less than the new deal agreed to by free-agent corner Jamel Dean, who agreed to a 4-year, $52-million dollar – $13 million annually – in returning to Tampa Bay.
The Eagles, who already lost defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, linebacker T.J. Edwards, and safety Marcus Epps in free agency, could shift focus to retaining safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who has not yet agreed to terms.
Earlier on Tuesday, the team moved on from Pro Bowl running back Miles Sanders by agreeing to terms free agent Rashaad Penny and returning Boston Scott, both on 1-year deals.
Deals can’t officially be consummated until Wednesday’s start of the new league year.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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If Bradberry was signed with Darius Slay’s contract on the books as is, does Slay restructuring it (if he becomes willing) save use 10-12m as has been reported, and does that free up the money we need for Chauncey Gardner Johnson?