Pros and cons of Eagles potentially extending James Bradberry

James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles
James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles, Christian Kirk #13, Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

How do the Eagles move on from a Pro Bowler after one season (because Bradberry WILL earn a mention)?

As NFL fans, we obsess over statistics and numbers. The eyeball test never fails either. You know how good Bradberry is. You’ve been watching him work all season. Quarterbacks rarely throw at him. When they do, it doesn’t work.

On the season, he’s broken up nine passes. That ties him with Dallas Cowboys star Trevon Diggs for the most in the NFL. He’s also picked off two passes. One he’s returned for a touchdown.

You know Pro Football Focus noticed and that they’ve been paying attention to all of this. Here’s what they said about both Bradberry and Darius Slay immediately after the Eagles’ win versus Dallas.

"The Eagles coverage unit shined bright in this contest, as the group tallied seven forced incompletions in addition to their three interceptions. When playing at outside corner, star duo Darius Slay and James Bradberry allowed only three catches on 12 targets for 31 yards, with one interception and four forced incompletions."

Pretty good right? Bradberry is on a tear. A Pro Bowl nod awaits if he keeps this up, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t earn one. So, how would Philly be able to justify moving on after that? All-stars are hard to come by. You’d like to do all that you can to hang onto one if there’s one on your roster.

James has also proven to be durable. He played through some injuries in New York with the Giants. He’s missed two games in five seasons. Perhaps the best part about all of this is he doesn’t even turn 30 years old until August 4th of 2023.

In other words, he can probably play at the level he has for at least three more seasons. The problem is he’d be expensive to hang on to, and that’s one of about three reasons we could argue for parting ways.