A good value
While many New York fans were hoping that Big Blue would sign former Dallas Cowboys corner Byron Jones, Gettleman made the right move here. According to spotrac.com, Jones agreed to a very lucrative five-year, $82.5M dollar contract ($54.4M guaranteed) with the Miami Dolphins. GMDG was slightly less committal with Bradberry. The parties agreed on a three-year $43.5M dollar contract with far less money guaranteed, only $31.98M.
Since 2018, Bradberry recorded 135 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions compared to 113 tackles, with zero sacks, and interceptions, for Jones. It’s also worth noting that Bradberry only allowed three more passing touchdowns than Jones over that span despite being targeted by opposing quarterbacks 66 additional times.
Drafted 62nd overall in 2016, by Gettleman, the former Samford Bulldog has lined up as the number one corner in Carolina the last few seasons, playing in one of the toughest divisions for a cornerback in the entire league. He had to cover the likes of Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and Chris Godwin six times a year. Not only did Bradberry do that, but he also excelled at the role.
During the 2019 campaign, Bradberry only gave up 644 yards and a 70.1 passer rating. He was targeted 97 times in 15 games, allowing only one touchdown. Bradberry is extremely good at press coverage and staying with his man. He uses his 6-1, 212-pound frame to break up passes. Bradberry had10 passes defended in each of his first four years in the NFL. In addition, the lanky cornerback has eight career interceptions.