HERE’S WHY THE EAGLES ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO RE-SIGN NIGEL BRADHAM!

So says Pro Football Focus:

Eagles big boss Howie Roseman is currently in the red in terms of salary cap space at -$9,66,190, which will undoubtedly force him to lean on budget deals and roster cuts this offseason. Of course, the Eagles’ nucleus of talent will remain intact, but the team’s depth and some of the supporting cast is expected to either become cap casualties or depart for greener pastures.

Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles

SALARY CAP ROOM

$-9,666,190 (32nd in the NFL, as of 02/25/18)

BIGGEST NEEDS

  • Tackle
  • Safety
  • Tight end
  • Linebacker

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS

  • Patrick Robinson, CB, 89.8 overall grade
  • Nigel Bradham, LB, 80.6 overall grade
  • Corey Graham, S, 77.3 overall grade
  • Trey Burton, TE, 75.6 overall grade

MUST RE-SIGN

Nigel Bradham, LB, 80.6 overall grade

A key member of said nucleus, Bradham trailed only defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Jalen Mills in total defensive snaps as a key contributor and field general in 2017, especially following Jordan Hicks’ season-ending Achilles injury in Week 7.

The seven-year veteran earned an 80.6 overall grade across his work-intensive season, marking the second consecutive season with an 80.0-plus overall grade. He most notably excelled in coverage, earning the sixth-ranked coverage grade (86.5) among qualifying linebackers and allowing just 0.60 yards per coverage snap.

Though Hicks will return in 2018, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will still need a talented linebacker to play outside in his 4-3 base defense, a role Bradham proved more than capable of in 2016. Also, having played more of an inside role in Hicks’ absence in 2017, Bradham’s positional versatility will be missed if he does leave the Eagles’ already thin linebacker group:

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-2018-free-agency-preview-philadelphia-eagles

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