Sources: Free agent James Bradberry returning to Philadelphia Eagles

A key part of the Eagles' league-leading pass defense, Bradberry, 29, was named second-team All-Pro in 2022.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
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PHILADELPHIA -- All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles on three-year deal worth $38 million, including $20 million fully guaranteed and another $6 million in incentives, sources confirm to Action News' Jamie Apody and ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

A key part of the Eagles' league-leading pass defense, Bradberry, 29, was named second-team All-Pro in 2022. He finished third in passes defensed (17) and added three interceptions and two tackles for a loss. Teamed with corner Darius Slay and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the defensive backfield, Philadelphia limited teams to 180 yards passing per game.

Eagles defensive back James Bradberry (24) lines up for the snap during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, September 19, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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When talking about his approach to free agency, Bradberry said he wanted to join a team with a quality roster capable of making a run in the playoffs, while noting he didn't want to "play for cheap."

Returning to Philly ended up being the choice.

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Bradberry has the ball skills and the poise to win down the field, and he can also fit as a zone defender because of his backfield vision.

He missed out on the initial free agency wave last offseason, with the New York Giants waiting until May to release him. With much of the big money around the league already spent, Bradberry signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Eagles, with the hopes of landing a lucrative contract this offseason.

Bradberry's time in Philadelphia ended in difficult fashion, as he was called for defensive holding in the final minutes of Super Bowl LVII -- an infraction that gave the Kansas City Chiefs a fresh set of downs and allowed them to wind the clock down before kicking the go-ahead field goal. While debate raged as to whether the referee should have thrown the flag in such a crucial part of the game, Bradberry stood at his locker for 20 minutes afterward and took responsibility for the play.

He has 18 interceptions, 99 passes defensed and 424 tackles in his career, which began with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft.