Should the Bills sign James Bradberry?
On May 9th, 2022, the New York Football Giants released cornerback James Bradberry. Bradberry is 28 years old and stands at 6’1”. He excels in man coverage, and has solidified himself as a markedly above average CB in this league. He was due $14 million this season, and the Giants saved roughly $10 million by releasing him. By no means is his release due to his play, it was strictly a financial decision. That being said, should the Buffalo Bills pursue him?
I believe Bradberry would be an instant starter and great relief at CB while Tre White recovers from his injury. That being said, the money he will likely receive is greater than what we are able to offer. There is always money in the banana stand but, as it currently stands, the Buffalo Bills have roughly $8 million in cap space, and will require ~$2.1 million to sign all of our drafted players. This leaves the Bills with roughly $5.5-6 million to play with. I am by no means doubting Brandon Beane, as it is entirely possible he could make it work. However, based on the trust this staff has in Dane Jackson, combined with the selection of Kaiir Elam, a Bradberry addition seems unlikely. It would be great insurance, but will ultimately be too costly.
Any team that signs James Bradberry will be getting a very good veteran presence in their secondary.