The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent cornerback James Bradberry, taking arguably the top free-agent defender off the market and ending any rumors that he might end up with the Kansas City Chiefs.
For several weeks, Bradberry has been a popular name linked with teams around the NFL that needed help at cornerback, a list including the Eagles and Chiefs among others. The New York Giants made it clear that they were putting Bradberry on the trade block before the 2022 NFL Draft but they were unable to move him given the size of his contract, signed by a previous leadership regime in the Big Apple.
The Philadelphia Eagles emerged as the winners for the chance to sign free agent cornerback James Bradberry.
Following the draft, the team finally released Bradberry, which made him available to sign with any other franchise, but news has come slower than expected on where he might land given his talents.
The Chiefs were rumored as favorites to land Bradberry in either a trade or after he was released, but K.C. has been quite busy rebuilding their secondary without making such a move for a veteran. They drafted Trent McDuffie after trading up in the first round and added three more cornerbacks on Day 3 of the draft. They also traded for Houston Texans cornerback Lonnie Johnson in the days after the draft to further bolster the competition.
The Chiefs had a lot of questions this offseason after losing Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes in free agency. Rashad Fenton is also nursing a shoulder injury that the Chiefs hope will be fine by training camp.
Bradberry had a career-high four interceptions last year for New York and made the Pro Bowl as recently as the 2020 season.