While there are still a few holes on the roster to fill, the Eagles satisfied a major need with the addition of James Bradberry.
When the New York Giants officially released cornerback James Bradberry IV, the immediate impact he’d have on the Philadelphia Eagles was obvious. Sure, there was some doubt about whether vice president/general manager Howie Roseman would continue his stellar offseason by pulling off an acquisition of the former Pro Bowler (2020). Still, a week after Bradberry’s release, the Birds picked him up on a one-year deal, adding talent to a secondary that desperately needed it.
There was some obvious concern after there was nary a safety or a cornerback added during the most recent NFL Draft, Philly made up for that by signing the 28-year-old to act as, at minimum, a placeholder on the outside opposite Darius Slay for the 2022 season.
It’s arguably a much better decision than adding an aging veteran on an expensive multi-year deal. Now, depending on how things work out this season, the Eagles can extend Bradberry later or let him walk, electing instead to look to the 2023 draft for a long-term option.
Currently, the Eagles are expected to have perhaps the best starting cornerback duo that they’ve had since Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor and one of the NFL’s better young defenses. While there still is some work to be done (at safety for instance), the Eagles’ roster, as a whole, is inching towards being the most complete that it’s been in a while.
There are young prospects with breakout potential and established stars. That being said, here’s an early guess on what the 53-man roster could look like for the Eagles now that the initial stages of free agency, the NFL Draft, and the Bradberry signing are in our rear-view mirror.