At the risk of sounding negative or, dare we say, pessimistic, this isn't the time for the Philadelphia Eagles to be passive. In the NFL, championship windows close quickly. Let us explain.
On the heels of the sixth anniversary of the Birds' first Super Bowl win, we have discovered something. Winning the first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history only increased the appetite for another.
We thought that the second title might come in Super Bowl LVII. We all know how that turned out. This time around, the goal was to get back to football's biggest game and win it. That didn't happen either. Suddenly, we're dealing with something we haven't felt in a while... doubt.
We repeat. Championship windows close quickly in the National Football League. This offseason is about ensuring this proud franchise has a shot to win another. To do so, there are pits they must avoid tumbling into.
Avoid assuming that James Bradberry can't be traded.
The Eagles have a potential powderkeg on their hands. They signed James Bradberry to a three-year contract extension on March 15th, 2023. His regression came almost immediately after that.
The bad news is he represents a $17.2 million cap hit in 2024. Philly has a potential out they worked into his deal after next season, but he represents a $12.5 million cap hit in 2025 if they don't exercise it.
In other words, he's too expensive to cut.
The good news is we have seen James Bradberry follow off years with better seasons. Let's hope he isn't a lost cause. The Birds would be wise to seek trade partners though.
They can't assume that they'd be unable to dump him on another franchise just because he put out some bad tape and lost a step. It would be more dangerous to carry him knowing he's dead weight. That's the least of Philly's problems right now though.