2. NY Jets trade target: James Bradberry, CB, New York Giants
The New York Giants are looking to clean house this offseason. New general manager Joe Schoen is looking to shape the roster to his liking and, in all likelihood, begin the process of a total rebuild of the organization.
One player who might find himself a victim of the numbers game is cornerback James Bradberry. Signed to a three-year, $45 million contract prior to the 2020 season, Bradberry was expected to assume the role as the Giants' No. 1 cornerback.
After a few good-but-not-great years in Carolina, it was a tall task. But the Giants believed that the then-26-year-old was an ascending player with his best years still ahead of him.
Turns out, they were right. Bradberry put together the best season of his career in 2020 finishing as PFF's seventh-best cornerback while earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
While his play dipped a little in 2021, he was still one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal Giants defense. Still, it's clear the Giants aren't going to compete anytime soon, and with a $21 million cap hit in 2022, New York may look to cut ties and save some cap.
The Jets are in the market for a true No. 1 cornerback and Bradberry represents everything the team is looking for and more. He's still young at just 28-years-old, is durable having missed just two games over the last five seasons, and has top-tier ball skills with seven interceptions since 2020.
The pause here comes with the price. The Giants are likely looking for something around a third or fourth-round pick for Bradberry. On top of that, the Jets would either have to extend him or roll with him as a one-year rental.
The talent makes sense, but there are some contract details to work out. Nonetheless, this is a market the Jets should explore.