This hasn’t been said much in the manner that it’s about to be stated here, but it wouldn’t hurt if some of you soaked this in. Regardless of what comes of James Bradberry‘s expected negotiations with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, rather than remembering his holding call in Super Bowl LVII as his legacy, we would hope that years from now you would instead remember a season that led to a Second-Team All-Pro designation and him being named as a Pro Bowl alternate.
Here’s what’s sad about that. Even while typing the words of that plea, it seems impossible. That holding call would still be remembered if Phillly went on to win two straight Super Bowls after this that’s just the world that we live in.
James Bradberry would like to be back with the Eagles, but he wants a nice-sized salary if he is.
One of the cool things about EA Sports Madden NFL 23 game is it has added something to the franchise mode in terms of free agency. There are certain criteria that you have to meet when signing players now.
Some want to get paid. To others, location is important. To others still, they want to win and be a part of a team with some legacy. In terms of real-world application, those are typically the deciding factors for guys every time March rolls around. James Bradberry is no differnt.
As Eagles players converged on the NovaCare Complex for clean-out day, James was one of the guys the media found for comment. He told the Associated Press that he didn’t know what Philly was planning and that, during the season, it didn’t matter much because he wanted to focus on football, but now with the season behind him, he’s been more open about what he’s looking for.
He wants to be on a good roster, and he doesn’t want to “play for cheap”.
Something tells us that he won’t have to worry about that second part.
Despite how it ended, the Eagles enjoyed a great run. Some of the players saw some individual success. In many cases, we often state that they’d trade all of that for the ultimate goal if they could, and in most cases, they would. Just don’t let yourselves believe that these guys don’t care about individual accolades because they do.
Becoming a Pro Bowl alternate and earning a Second-Team All-Pro designation will help James Bradberry at the negotiating table. Spotrac sees his market value as being somewhere in the three-year, $45 million, roughly $15 million a year. He may actually wind up making more than that.
Will he wind up making that type of money in Philly and stay with the Eagles? In all honesty, it would seem unlikely, but stranger things have happened. In short, we aren’t banking on seeing James back with the Eagles in 2023, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.