With the Combine in Indianapolis fast-approaching (that’s where a huge amount of free agency business gets done) teams have been actively dumping veteran players who have a chance to catch on with another team.
The Eagles are a little late to the party with Nigel Bradham because they were hoping to qualify for a comp pick by simply not exercising the club option in his contract, however, a rule change has made that a moot point, and now Bradham is a free agent.
Bradham is a 30-year-old linebacker who began his NFL career as a Buffalo Bill, being drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. He joined the Eagles as a free agent in 2016, and played 4 seasons with them.
Bradham contributed heavily to the Eagles defense for the first three seasons, and was part of the group that earned a super bowl ring at the end of the end of the 2017 season.
Last year, though, he missed four games with an ankle injury and his on-field production fell off sharply. While he’s coming off a forgettable campaign, he’s a versatile, proven linebacker, who should be able to start on most 4-3 defenses.
The Redskins have a linebacking group that will be a priority in terms of needed roster improvement this off-season. Washington needs both starters and backups. It is a group that boasts no stars, has little experience, and is undergoing a scheme change from a base 3-4 to a base 4-3. Last month we found out that Reuben Foster’s recovery from injury is not really “on schedule” and his availability for the upcoming season is highly questionable.
In short, the Redskins need help at linebacker. They probably need to draft a young playmaker, but they probably need at least one skilled veteran to help lead the unit as well.
Could Bradham be the guy the Redskins need to lead the second level of Jack Del Rio’s defense? He’s smart and experienced. He can play, and has a championship ring to prove it. Bradham would command respect in the locker room.
Similar to former Panthers TE Greg Olsen, having been cut by the Eagles, Bradham is now a free agent and can be signed immediately by any NFL team. If he and the Redskins have mutual interest, he could be under contract and being fitted for his burgundy and gold uni by the weekend.
Should the Redskins try to sign Nigel Bradham to a contract prior to the start of free agency frenzy (before 18 March)?
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