The Falcons are set to have around $56 million in cap space this offseason, and that figure could quickly balloon to nearly $70 million if Atlanta parts ways with Marcus Mariota. There isn’t a single position group that doesn’t need top-end talent or depth. Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith are entering a critical juncture in their tenure with more cap space than ever. This continues a series of potential Falcons free agent targets, moving on to James Bradberry. Below are past editions:
Falcons Free Agent Targets 2023: James Bradberry
I imagine Bradberry and the Eagles will attempt to work out a deal, especially with how well this season has been for both sides. Philadelphia is in the Super Bowl, and Bradberry turned in another impressive campaign. However, if he tests the free agent market, the Falcons should be interested.
James Bradberry will be 30 years old in August but still looks great. After entering the league as a second-round pick with the Panthers, Bradberry only recently broke out in 2020 with the Giants. After a Pro Bowl selection in 2020, New York let him walk in free agency this past offseason — succeeding with a divisional rival has to hurt.
He earned second-team All-Pro honors in 2020 and ended the season with three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. According to PFF, “His 46.0% completion percentage allowed was the fourth-best mark among cornerbacks for the 2022 regular season, and his 19 forced incompletions ranked second.”
He’s certainly not a No. 1, but I love him opposite AJ Terrell. He’s reliable and versatile in coverages; 2022 marked his fourth consecutive campaign with 1,000-plus snaps, which should be important for the Falcons after dealing with a myriad of injuries to the secondary. Bradberry should cash in on a career year, but I could see him re-signing with the Eagles. I’m not quite sure I’d pay him No. 1 money, either. This entire fit depends on his price tag.
Spotrac projects his market value to be three years, $51.6 million. An average annual value of over $17 million is a bit steep. Pro Football Focus projects a two-year, $24 million deal; $12 million per year is much more palatable.
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