James Bradberry Suffers Setback as He Tries to Avoid Eagles Release

The veteran defender is not able to make his case to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles during the mandatory minicamp.
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The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. This will be their last opportunity to build chemistry before they take a summer break ahead of the start of training camp in late June. One of the things Eagles fans were going to keep an eye out for this week was the James Bradberry situation.

It was reported earlier in the week that the veteran cornerback would get reps at safety during the minicamp. This would potentially salvage Bradberry's Eagles career as the 30-year-old struggled immensely last season. How he performed would play a role in whether he would be on the final roster ahead of next season.

Unfortunately, however, the Eagles will not get an opportunity to take a look at the former Pro Bowler in his new position. Bradberry suffered an undisclosed injury after he fell while backpedaling in quick feet drills. He couldn't continue practice on Tuesday and he wasn't able to participate on Wednesday, either. According to John Clark of NBC Sports, Bradberry was present, talking to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on the sidelines, but didn't take any reps.

Eagles News: James Bradberry Not Participating in Minicamp

What this means for Bradberry's future in Philadelphia remains to be seen but it's hard to argue that it will help his chances. There is already plenty of speculation about Bradberry potentially being cut or traded.

The Eagles will likely not get much in return for Bradberry. His disastrous 2023 campaign, age, and salary make it difficult for any team to want to trade for him. Philadelphia has so far been hesitant to release him because they don't want his $10.8 million dead money on their books for next season.

Thanks to their offseason additions to their backfield defense including rookies Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean, the Eagles don't need Bradberry to play a big role next season. On FanDuel Sportsbook, they are +115 favorites to win the NFC East and they are going to need a much better defensive showing all season if they want to reach that goal.

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