The Philadelphia Eagles add another familiar face back to the nest. Following the signings of Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, and Boston Scott, an All-Pro is back in the fold. James Bradberry returns to the Birds on a three-year deal.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The extension covers three years and keeps him in the City of Brotherly Love through the 2025 NFL season. He’ll be paid a total package of $44 million. That includes $20 million fully guaranteed and $6 million in incentives.
Here’s the tweet.
As you might expect, it didn’t take long for the news to make its way around Eagles circles.
James Bradberry and Darius Slay respond to news of James’ extension. The former shares his in a statement made to Josina Anderson.
Here’s what we’re thinking. With James Bradberry locked up, something tells us that Darius Slay and C.J. Gardner-Johnson walk. There’s no way that Philly can free up the coins to keep all of them, right? But, hey, what do we know?
Technically, Slay is signed through this season (though his cap hit is massive). Might Howie Roseman get a deal done in the 11th hour or work some magic by restructuring the deals of both Bradberry and Lane Johnson?
While we wait, let’s peruse Twitter for some reactions. That’s how things are done these days, right?
Both James and Darius Slay responded to the news relatively quickly. The former issued a statement via Josina Anderson. Slay checked in via his Twitter account.
What are we to take from Slay’s take? Does he know something that we don’t? Is he saying that he believes he’ll stay? Is he warning Philly that they’d be wise to hang on to him as well because there are so many OTHER elite tandems at the professional level?
The new league year and the NFL’s free agency frenzy kicks off at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 15th. Something tells us that we won’t have to wait much longer to hear and read some answers.