The Washington Redskins are reportedly interested in Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry in free agency.
The Washington Redskins are going to need some help at the cornerback position this offseason. They had trouble with their No. 2 and slot corners at times last season, though Fabian Moreau and Jimmy Moreland demonstrated upside but now, they have even more issues at the position.
Quinton Dunbar has demanded a trade and at the very least, it doesn’t seem likely that he will return to the team in 2021. And the Redskins parted ways with Josh Norman after he regressed badly in his final two seasons with the team.
Needless to say, the Redskins need cornerback help. So, it’s no surprise to see that they’re interested in one of the top cornerbacks available on the free-agent market.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Redskins are among the teams that are expected to be interested in James Bradberry.
It makes sense for the ‘Skins to be interested in Bradberry. He played the first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers under current Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. He has found success with his physical play and solid ball skills in the past and at just 26 years old, he’s entering the prime of his career.
Bradberry would fit well with Washington. He’d be an ideal complement to Dunbar (as long as he’s in town) and would give the team a bigger, more physical player in the secondary. He could provide what Norman was supposed to be failed to do in his final two seasons.
Of course, Bradberry’s price-tag may make the Redskins think twice about investing in him. Bradberry is a great, young corner, but is he worth $15 million a year, as Fowler suggests he may get? That’s a bit too much. And if teams get into a bidding war for Bradberry’s services, the Redskins should probably bow out to avoid another Norman-type contract (though Bradberry will be younger than Norman was when he signed a deal with the Redskins).
It’s good to hear that the ‘Skins are looking to upgrade their secondary. But they’ll definitely need to think twice about signing Bradberry at that price, even if the salary cap is set to go up the next couple seasons once the league’s new CBA is in place.