Considering the New York Giants are barely above the salary cap after making several signings in free agency this off-season, clearing enough to sign their 2022 draft class remains a priority. The expectation has been that new management will find a trade partner for CB1 James Bradberry, who is set to earn over $21 million this upcoming season if retained.
If the Giants can find a buyer for Bradberry, they would save $11.7 million against the cap, providing them with a bit of wiggle room to sign their draft picks and potentially a few additional veteran minimum deals.
However, opposing teams know that the Giants have little leverage in the situation but have been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to land more capital.
Reports have indicated (Nate Taylor of The Athletic) that the Giants and Kansas City Chiefs could be working together on a prospective deal. Realistically, Big Blue may only be able to return a mid-round selection since it is essentially a salary dump.
With the Chiefs acquiring a ton of new capital after sending Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, they have a few extra picks and money to spend, making a trade for Bradberry realistic.
Last season, Bradberry gave up 729 yards, a 65.2% reception rate, and eight total touchdowns. His deficiencies were primarily a result of schematic changes and lackluster offensive play, meaning he is still more than capable of playing at a high level and holding down the fort as a team’s top corner.
Given his value, Joe Schoen shouldn’t lay down on a potential deal, rather remaining patient and waiting for appropriate draft capital compensation.