Philadelphia Eagles re-sign Nigel Bradham to 5-year deal, per sources

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Nigel Bradham
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Nigel Bradham /

Fret not Philadelphia Eagles fans! It appears that they’re holding on to Nigel Bradham after all.

By the end of the 2017-2018 season, Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Nigel Bradham was pulling double-duty as an inside linebacker and their signal caller on defense. The theory of most Eagles fans and supporters was this was one of the guys the Super Bowl champs couldn’t afford to let walk during the NFL Free Agency period. The bad news was it appeared they wouldn’t have enough money to get a deal done.

Well, the Eagles got it done after all. There was some restructuring and some of that magic executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman always seems to come up with. The next thing you know, at around 9:15 AM EST on March 14th, the news broke. Bradham’s staying in Philly thanks to a 5-year, $40 million deal.

A couple of reliable sources have verified the story. Take a look.

Now what?

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Bradham’s new deal and the Eagles plan to add Corey Nelson means long-time Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks will probably be shopped for a trade. Nelson isn’t being signed for depth. He’s being given enough coin to lead you to believe Philly wants some on-field production.

Kendricks represents a $7.6 million cap hit for 2018 and an $8.6 million cap hit for 2019. He expressed some interest in being traded a season ago, and though he wasn’t granted that wish immediately, the Eagles are showing they may be willing to part ways with their second-round selection from the 2012 NFL Draft. If he leaves, the Eagles could, very well, explore the possibility of taking a linebacker at the 32nd pick in the upcoming NFL selection meeting.

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Bradham, what we hope is a healthy Jordan Hicks, and the rest of the Eagles linebacker unit will be expected to play clean up duty behind a defensive line that includes Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Timmy Jernigan, Michael Bennett and Derek Barnett.

That should make you smile if you’re an Eagles fan.