In a move that would have seemed unfathomable just a few weeks ago, James Bradberry’s tenure in East Rutherford could soon be coming to an end. While it may remain a bit of a longshot, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano has named the reigning Pro Bowler a candidate to be traded at the November 2nd deadline with the Giants potentially entering firesale mode.
“Dealing him would’ve been unthinkable a year ago when he was a Pro-Bowler and one of the Giants’ two best players,” wrote Vacchiano. “But his fall-off this season has been dramatic. Plus, the cap-strapped Giants can’t ignore that dealing him would clear about $12 million in salary cap space for next offseason.”
Bradberry is in the second season of a three-year, $43.5 million contract which he inked two offseasons ago. He was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, flashing lockdown potential on the boundary. However, he’s taken a sizeable step backward this season. Through the first six weeks of 2021, Bradberry has surrendered the sixth-most passing yards among NFL defenders (368). Of the seven players to allow at least 332 passing yards in coverage this season, only Bradberry has allowed a completion percentage above 69.8% — he checks in at 72.5% (a career-worst).