After the Philadelphia Eagles lost Super Bowl LVII, the question was whether they would run it back in an earnest attempt to avenge their loss there to the Kansas City Chiefs.
They started out by losing defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, as he signed a big contract to join the team they defeated in the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers.
But on Tuesday, they retained one of their star cornerbacks, James Bradberry, on a new three-year contract.
All-Pro CB James Bradberry is returning to the Eagles on three-year deal worth $38 million, including $20 million fully guaranteed and another $6 million in incentives, per sources. Total package is $44 million. pic.twitter.com/SMPhDKlPub
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2023
Fans were generally happy, and they praised Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ general manager.
Howie did it again… 💰 pic.twitter.com/3zQFEKrBt0
— Rob Hodge (@RobHodge_) March 14, 2023
HOWIE THE GOD
— drew (@Dcorrigan50) March 14, 2023
— Sean Barnard (@Sean_Barnard1) March 14, 2023
Bradberry didn’t make the Pro Bowl in 2022, but he was named to the All-Pro second team, and he did a magnificent job of locking down opposing receivers while playing in and starting all 17 regular season games.
Bradberry back to the Eagles!
His 46.0% completion allowed was the fourth-best mark among CBs for the 2022 regular season, and his 19 forced incompletions ranked 2nd.
This season also marked his 4th consecutive year with 1,000-plus snaps. Proven and durable.
— Free Agency Frosty (@FrostyTalksFB) March 14, 2023
Bradberry came to Philly a year ago after the New York Giants released him, and he proved to be a key reason why the Eagles improved from 9-8 to 14-3 in 2022.
He teamed with Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay to give them a fearsome duo in the secondary that helped the team finish first in passing yards allowed this past season.
Of course, Bradberry was involved in the Super Bowl’s biggest controversy when he was called for a dubious holding penalty in the waning moments.
Many feel the call was uncalled for, but Bradberry admitted after the game that he did, indeed, make enough contact with Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
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