Giants first-year general manager Joe Schoen had hoped to work out a trade for 2020 Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry as part of the team’s salary-cap saving plan, but finding no takers both before and during the NFL Draft, the team instead released him on Monday. The move was widely expected after Schoen had failed to find a suitor for the 28-year-old cornerback.
Former GM Dave Gettleman had signed Bradberry, who was drafted in 2016 when Gettleman was GM in Carolina, to a whopping three-year, $43.5 million contract in 2020 that included nearly $33 million in guarantees. The move was one of several that would eventually add to the team’s salary-cap woes, and Schoen had little choice but to release him after no trade partners could be found.
Bradberry would have carried a $21 million salary-cap hit, but now that the Giants are ready to begin signing drafted players, they needed the $10.1 million salary-cap savings from his release. Even with that, the team is on the hook for $11.7 million in “dead money” on the cap, another vestige of the failed Gettleman regime.
Unfortunately for the Giants, Bradberry might end up signing with an NFC East rival before long. The Eagles and Commanders both have a need at cornerback, and Bradberry has drawn interest from both teams.
Bradberry missed only one game with the Giants — he was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list in December 2020 and missed a game against the Browns. In 32 games with the Giants, he had 100 tackles, four interceptions, 35 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
In 2020, he was the first Giants cornerback selected for the Pro Bowl since Janoris Jenkins in 2016 and led the team with three interceptions.
Jets headline here. The Jets signed two of the players who were trying out during rookie minicamp over the weekend: wide receiver Calvin Jackson and offensive lineman Derrick Kelly.
The Jets subsequently waived tight end Brandon Dillon and receiver D.J. Montgomery.
The 5-8, 193-pound Jackson attended Independence Community College, where he played with Jets first-round pick Jermaine Johnson.
Jackson transferred to Washington State and caught 104 passes for 1,403 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons. Last year, Jackson had 66 grabs for 987 yards and seven scores.
Kelly, who is 6-5, 320 pounds, went undrafted out of Florida State in 2019. He appeared in six games for the New Orleans Saints in 2020. Kelly was a member of the Giants' practice team last year and played in one game.