The New York Giants have released cornerback James Bradberry, the team announced Monday.
New York had been looking to trade Bradberry, but they could not find any takers. He was scheduled to make 13.5 million next season.
According to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, the move will create $10.1 million in cap savings while leaving $11.7 million in dead money.
The Giants needed to rid themselves of Bradberry’s salary to sign their 2022 draft class.
Last season, Bradberry played in every game for the third time in his career. He finished with 47 tackles (37 solo), a career-high four interceptions, tied for fourth in the NFL with 17 passes defensed, and recovered two fumbles.
Bradberry started every game(31) in New York and became a Pro Bowler in 2020.
The 28-year-old Bradberry joined the Giants as a free agent in 2020 after signing a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the team. Before joining the Giants, Bradberry spent the first four seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.
In two seasons in New York, he totaled 100 tackles (80 solo), four interceptions, 35 passes defensed (tied for the NFL’s third-highest total during that span), two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
In the end, this was not about talent; it was about money.