In a move that was always on the table but probably viewed by both parties as a last resort, the New York Giants released six-year veteran cornerback James Bradberry IV. Bradberry played for the Giants for the last two seasons after being selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Samford by the Carolina Panthers.

Bradberry’s release is not a result of his play on the field: the cornerback was selected to the Pro Bowl as a member of the Giants in 2020 and remained a key contributor on defense in 2021.

But with a team heading in to the 2022-23 NFL season already cap-strapped, and presumably a step away from contention, parting ways with Bradberry and his $10.1 million cap hit made sense for new general manager Joe Schoen. New York was reportedly unable to field any potential trade partners for Bradberry’s current contract, leaving Schoen and the Giants the options of retaining Bradberry at his $10.1 million price tag or cutting ties and losing his services and ball skills in the secondary moving forward. Schoen chose the latter.

Bradberry, 28, now becomes a lucrative option on the free agent market for teams looking to build depth in their secondary. Bradberry picked off a career-high four passes last season, and his 15 interceptions in 92 career games. Bradberry has yet to find the endzone on an interception return, but certainly has the ability to take a well-timed route jump to the house one day.

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