Colts reportedly may trade for cornerback James Bradberry
The Indianapolis Colts may soon find cornerback help after being named as a team interested in a trade for James Bradberry.
The first major acquisition the Indianapolis Colts made this offseason was acquiring Yannick Ngakoue. The trade solved a pass-rushing problem that Indy has been working to address the last few seasons.
To bring Ngakoue to Indianapolis, the Colts had to send promising young corner, Rock Ya-Sin, to the Las Vegas Raiders. It was a good trade, but losing Ya-Sin left Indy hurting at the cornerback position.
There are a few veteran corners that are free agents and Indianapolis could also wait for the draft to address this position. However, it has been reported that the Colts may workout another trade to bring a cornerback to Indy.
Pat Leonard, of New York Daily News, reported that the New York Giants are working to trade veteran cornerback James Bradberry and listed the Colts as a team with interest.
Colts have interest in a trade for James Bradberry
Bradberry has been in the NFL since being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2016. He spent his first four seasons with the Panthers before signing a three-year deal with New York.
In 92 career games, Bradberry has started 91, consistently delivering as a starting corner. In 2020, he was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career.
With one year remaining on his contract at $13.5 million, Bradberry and the Giants are ready to go in different directions. With the need for starting cornerbacks throughout the league, there should be a nice trade market for Bradberry.
As reported, the Colts are in that market— for good reason. As things currently stand, the starting corners in Indy are likely Isaiah Rodgers and Brandon Facyson.
Both young players have shown promise but it’s unclear if Indianapolis is comfortable going in to the season with those two as the top guys.
Behind them are younger players with even less experience so it’s clear the Colts will have to make a move to build up the cornerback room.
James Bradberry would be a good step for Indianapolis to land a solid starter and help create some depth.