Throughout the offseason, it’s looked like the Giants and james bradberry were heading for a divorce. However, if the Giants can’t find a trade partner, they could backtrack and extend their star cornerback instead. By Paul Schwartz of the New York Postgeneral manager Joe Schoen expressed his willingness to extend Bradberry “as a last resort”.
Why a last resort? The Giants aren’t trading Bradberry for reduced play or anything. Instead, the cornerback should count for $21.8 million from the cap, and the Giants could save $12.1 million in space by trading the player. Costly capping is the Giants’ main motivation for exploring a trade, but it looks like Schoen will clear cap space one way or another.
An extension would reduce Bradberry’s 2022 cap … but it would dig into future space, which Schoen and the Giants front office have tried to avoid. The Giants continue to seek a third-round pick for the cornerback, and it will be interesting to see if a team is willing to bite on a trade as the draft approaches. The Chiefs were recently connected to Bradberry.
Despite a down year in 2021, Bradberry should still be of interest to teams in need of a cornerback. He’s not too far off from a Pro Bowl appearance in 2020, when he posted the lowest passer rating of any CB in the league, per PFF. Last season, the 28-year-old finished with 47 tackles and four interceptions.