NFL.com: James Bradberry is Eagles’ Most Underappreciated Player
New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was a Pro Bowler just two seasons ago. His 62 passes broken up over the past three seasons leads the NFL, and had three interceptions and 18 passes defended during this Pro Bowl season of 202.
NFL Network analyst Cynthia Frelund picked one player from each team as their most underappreciated player and named Bradberry the choice for Philadelphia. She used win shares and each player’s salary by position as factors to make her selection.
Since entering the League in 2016, Bradberry has had at least 10 passes defensed in each season, the most such seasons by any player over that period. In fact, the veteran defender paces the NFL with 62 passes defensed since 2018. Last season his 15 forced incompletions tied for fourth most in the NFL. With all of the splashy free agent signings and trades we've seen this offseason -- including the Eagles' huge draft-day trade for A.J. Brown -- Bradberry’s intra-division move hasn't received quite as much buzz. But the forecasted production from the Eagles' secondary increased with his acquisition, leading Philly to now have a 0.5-win advantage over Dallas in the NFC East this season (was 0.2 before the signing).
Bradberry signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, after spending the previous two seasons with the Giants.
His average annual salary of $7.25 million ranks No. 31 at his position.
Bradberry was drafted by the Panthers in the second round in 2016, spending four seasons in Carolina before leaving for New York, making the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Giants.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon expressed recently to the media what he likes most about Bradberry's game.
"One of the things I love about him is the high football intelligence," Gannon stated. "He has a high football IQ and production, and he can cover. He can cover. That's what you want. You want people that can deny the football, and he can do that."
Adding Bradberry and pairing him with Darius Slay, gives the Eagles a very good set of corners and adds to Philadelphia's room.
"Excited about the room. I really am," Gannon said. "Obviously we just added James last week. I think he's a really good addition for us, and guys that have been here that have played at a high level and guys that are looking to make their way and contribute. So, a lot of competition in that room and excited to see where they go."