New York Giants release James Bradberry, after failing to find a trade partner for CB

EAST RUTHERFORD (N.J.) — The New York GiantsReleased cornerback James BradberryOn Monday, after having failed to find a trading partner.

Giants needed to clear excess cap space so the move was not about money. Bradberry, 28, was to make $13.4million this season. He would have been $21.9million over the cap.

Bradberry was guaranteed $2 million of his $13.4million base salary at the beginning of the league year. While the Giants have to still eat nearly $10 million in dead cash, they get $12.1 million in cap savings.

It was not without the Giants losing one their top players. Bradberry was their top cornerback in the last season. He made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year with the Giants in 2020 when he scored a career high 79.8 grades via Pro Football Focus. He has been graded in 60s every year throughout his career.

Veteran cornerback, who had a career high of four interceptions and recovered two fumbles in the past season, was a great performer.

Bradberry spent the first 4 years of his career working for the Carolina Panthers. In 2020, the Giants signed him free of charge to a contract worth $43.5 million over three seasons. He could be a one-year renter as he enters the last year of his contract.

Samford's product has been a part of 92 career games (91 starts), for the Giants as well as the Panthers.

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