Just two seasons ago, New York made Bradbury one of the highest-paid corners in the NFL, signing him to a three-year, $43.5 million contract. On the field, although the team struggled in the win/loss column, it did well on an individual basis, earning its first Pro Bowl nod in 2020 with 54 tackles, three interceptions, and 15 breakout passes. Last season, he had four assists and produced 13 assists in 17 games.
Getting a bit of an initial deal by being released after the draft, 28-year-old Bradbury will be looking for a new team quickly and shouldn’t have a lack of interest. Could the Seahawks emerge as a potential demander for his services?
Given the current depth chart in Seattle and the state of the franchise, making a move for a veteran like Bradbury doesn’t make much sense. Back in March, the team re-signed a one-year contract with Sidney Jones and brought in veteran Artie Burns. In addition, general manager John Schneider drafted Kobe Bryant and Tariq Wolin with the fourth- and fifth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft last month, and second-year defender Trey Brown is expected to return from a patellar tendon injury after playing well in a handful of its beginnings. junior.
With Jones expected to start and the foursome of Brown, Burns, Bryant and Woollen competing for another starting role, the Seahawks appear to be in good shape in the back corner both in the short and long term. Given the team’s move from quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner this off-season and in the midst of a rebuilding of sorts, they’re not in a position where adding a quality veteran in the position would move the needle too much from a standpoint of contention.
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However, in terms of gameplay and proper plot, Bradbury could be an intriguing fit against Jones at Seattle High. An excellent size at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds with 33-inch arms, he has extra ball skills and excels at tracking soccer in coverage, as evidenced by his 15 interceptions and 67 assists in six NFL seasons. He also has 334 career tackles, and while missed tackles on the field have been an issue over the past two years, he has shown himself as a contributor willing to defend the race.
Digging deeper, while Bradbury allowed eight touchdowns for the Giants last season, he’s been consistent and reliable in coverage. During the 2019 and 2020 seasons, according to Pro Football Focus, opposing midfielders scored an average of 77.9 and 70.1 when targeting. For four consecutive seasons from 2017 to 2020, he never had a completion rate higher than 58 percent and ended up splitting the double-digit pass three times.
Under normal circumstances, Bradberry would be too costly for the Seahawks to consider signing, especially considering they have less than $6.5 million in available effective cover space. But with he’s set to receive $11 million from the Giants while not playing with them in 2022, he may be available to sign on the cheap with a meager equivalent salary and then enter the free agent market again next March.
Schneider would never leave a stone unturned and would certainly consider the possibility of signing Bradbury, whose size, height, body and ball skills are usually desirable traits in high school for Pete Carroll. He’s involved in everything and at the right price, anything can happen.
With that said, Seattle isn’t seen as a competitor in NFC at present and seems to be doing everything possible going forward with the young players. In Bradbury’s view, it is likely that he would want to join a team with legitimate aspirations in the Super Bowl, as Kansas City and Baltimore have already emerged as teams with a potential interest in signing him. Puzzle pieces simply don’t line up.
While Bradberry would be an immediate upgrade in the short term, his presence would prevent a player like Bryant or Woolen from seeing invaluable footage during the junior seasons. By playing the long game with an eye on jumping back into the watershed picture in 2023, fans should not expect the Seahawks to be aggressive in their pursuit and will likely be satisfied with their current group as it was created.