Report: Why Giants didn't trade James Bradberry, despite several 'legitimate' offers

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James Bradberry gets to choose his own team now, but apparently it’s not for a lack of trying to trade him on the Giants’ part.

Bradberry was cut by the Giants on Monday after New York failed to trade him. Getting rid of the Pro Bowl cornerback saves New York about $10.1 million against the salary cap, but recouping an asset for him obviously would have been preferable for Joe Schoen.

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The Giants didn’t hide from a willingness to trade Bradberry before cutting him. But NFL insider Ian Rapoport shared Tuesday on the “Pat McAfee Show” that Bradberry’s desire for a new contract ultimately sank most trade talks.

“You look at the way that situation played out, like the Giants – I know it seems like the Giants didn’t have a lot of offers – they actually had a lot of offers," Rapoport said. "They had several teams make legitimate, workable trade offers for them, but that new team couldn’t then come to terms with Bradberry on a new deal because he wanted that 10 million, 12 million, he wanted more.

“Now that he’s free, I’d imagine – agents are not allowed to talk to teams about contracts while (their client is) still employed, so they would definitely not do that – but you would think his agents would know what’s out there. So if he’s got it, like if he’s going to make what he turned down in those trade offers, I could see him (signing somewhere) pretty quickly.”

We’re at the time of year where most teams have spent close to the cap with the initial free agency wave and the draft now behind us.

That said, there are still decent teams that have the ability to sign him for the salary he apparently is eyeing. And if his market was as robust as Rapoport hinted that it is, then that shouldn’t take too long.

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