New York Giants make splash in free agency and land cornerback James Bradberry

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, James Bradberry
New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants finally made a splash on Monday, signing former Carolina cornerback James Bradberry to a three-year deal, worth $45 million ($32 million guaranteed).

Bradberry was a former Dave Gettleman draftee, playing in Carolina for his first four seasons, he’s coming off his rookie contract. In four years, the Panthers’ top corner missed just four games, compiling 279 tackles and 47 passes defended.

The Giants elected to pay Bradberry $15 million per season at 26-years-old, similar to Byron Jones, who is a better corner overall. Bradberry posted a completion percentage against of 59.8%, one of the best on the open market, but struggled in tackling, missing 12.2% of tackles in 2019. However, he didn’t show that weakness in 2018. Hopefully, he can return to his previous form.

Overall, he’s a good add for a Giants team who desperately needed a No. 1 corner after Janoris Jenkins took his talents to New Orleans. Compared to Byron Jones, who will earn $20 million over the first two seasons of his deal in Miami, the Giants’ deal with Bradberry is a good one.