Giants CB speaks on losing James Bradberry to Eagles: “It hurts”
Ex-Giants cornerback James Bradberry agreed to a one-year contract with Philadelphia last week, giving the Eagles another top-tier defender alongside Darius Slay.
Since entering the league, Bradberry has been one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the game, only missing five contests across his six-year career. The 28-year-old is coming off a productive two-year stint in New York where he totaled 101 tackles, 35 passes defended, and 7 INTs.
The Giants released Bradberry following the draft after failing to find a trade partner for him. The 2020 Pro Bowler was entering the final year of his $43M deal and became a cap casualty as New York was desperate to free up much-needed cap space.
Pass-breakup leaders since 2016:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) May 18, 2022
• Darius Slay: 84
• James Bradberry: 82
Current Giants cornerback Adoree’ Jackson isn’t too thrilled about losing Bradberry, especially to a division rival.
“That sucks,” Jackson told reporters on Thursday. “That’s like going to your rival. That’s like me and [Giants CB Darnay Holmes], USC and UCLA. But at the end of the day it’s still family. Still wish him the best and still wish him well regardless of what’s going on.”
Bradberry had 11 teams inquire about his services (several teams offered more money), but he wanted to put himself in a winning situation and ultimately chose the Eagles.
“It hurts,” Jackson said. “That’s a guy that when I came in, we bounced ideas off of each other, different techniques, how he plays. But at the end of the day, I can say I gained a brother in the process of knowing him.”
Bradberry was vocal about how New York handled his contract situation but doesn’t hold any animosity towards the organization.
“First of all, I understand it’s a business,” Bradberry said Tuesday. “I have to put my business cap on first and understand I’m an asset. I understand they want something for me. That was part of the game.”
“Personally, I didn’t necessarily like it. It’s a business at the end of the day.”
“I’m looking forward to every game that we play next year,” Bradberry said. “There’s 17 games. I know we have to win a lot of them to make it to the playoffs. I’m looking forward to all the games that we play.”
Bradberry won’t see his former team until Week 14 when the Eagles travel to East Rutherford. They’ll then host the Giants in Philly on the final game of the regular season.
James Bradberry was BIG for Big Blue in 2020. 😤@Brad_B21's 17 forced incompletions were the most in the NFL. (via @PFF) pic.twitter.com/Axk6cyMrkq— NFL (@NFL) June 10, 2021
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