One former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker’s run with his new team is over.
And just like that, it’s over. Just three weeks after joining the New Orleans Saints, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham‘s run with the team is over. According to multiple reports, including one from a very respected voice belonging to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bradham is now a very big fish in the pool that is free agency.
Don’t expect any sympathy from one of the NFL’s most loyal fan bases, the one belonging to the ‘Birds’.
Let’s get you caught up if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
After four seasons and 64 games with 64 starts, a Super Bowl win, 384 total tackles, six sacks, two picks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and two defensive scores (those numbers include the playoffs), Bradham, who has clearly lost a step was allowed by the Eagles to walk in this past February.
Free agency came. There were no takers until the Saints made him an offer on August 7th. That’s when, in an unexpected move, he pulled an Orlando Scandrick, publicly making a statement that was seen as a shot to his former employer. In the said statement, Bradham mentioned that the Saints were ‘definitely a different type of environment, a different culture, because the last two organizations I went to wasn’t really a winning organization’.
Once that statement got to the ears of Eagles fans and the media, everyone thought that it was meant to be disrespectful and understandable so. Wait! What? Isn’t this the same Eagles team that made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and won a Super Bowl in 2017? Isn’t the same team that supported him as he went through a low time in his life when he was facing legal trouble?
Call it a crazy theory, but it kind of sounds like a bitter boyfriend. Eventually, Bradham clarified his statement, but the question remains about why he would have said what he did. Perhaps, Bradham was upset that the ‘Birds’ didn’t exercise the option on his contract in February, in essence making him a free agent? Who knows. That can be debated, but regardless of how you took what he said or what side you’re on in this argument, two things can be stated with some certainty.
One, New Orleans saw something that they didn’t like either. That’s why he’s a free agent again. The second point is this. He’s a step slower and is seemingly someone looking for a big payday. Maybe some self-examination is important. maybe Philly was right. We’ll see if anyone shows any interest in the coming days.