3 Eagles on the Chopping Block After 2024 Minicamp

Could these 3 Eagles find themselves off the roster by Week 1?
Philadelphia Eagles, James Bradberry
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2. James Bradberry, Cornerback

No Eagles player was hit with more criticism than James Bradberry was in 2023. Unfortunately for him, it was all deserved and he now finds himself on the thinnest of ice entering his ninth season in the NFL.

A former second-round pick, Bradberry spent four years with the Carolina Panthers before heading to the New York Giants in 2020. He made the Pro Bowl that year but then saw his effectiveness dip in 2021. This led to his departure and he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles.

Bradberry played well enough to earn a spot on the All-Pro Team and landed another contract, signing for three years at $38 million. The Eagles believed in him enough that they gave him $20 million fully guaranteed. They also put three 'void years' in his deal, meaning he will still be on the books from 2026 through 2029.

Now as he heads into his third season with the franchise, Bradberry's spot on the team is in jeopardy.

Philly picked up two cornerbacks in the draft, adding Quinyon Mitchell in Round 1 then trading up for Cooper DeJean in Round 2. Mitchell is expected to take the starting spot opposite Darius Slay and it wouldn't be unrealistic to believe DeJean can be the third corner.

Should that happen, the 30-year-old cornerback would be fourth at best. Considering teams often need their CB4 to play special teams, this could be an issue for Bradberry.

His saving grace, however, could be his contract. Releasing Bradberry would result in no savings and he would still count for more than $4.3 million against the cap this year — and more than $3 million for the following two. With that being the case, they might decide to hang onto him and see how things unfold.