Top CB James Bradberry Says He Chose Giants Over Lions

Detroit had various contingency plans for the loss of Darius Slay. 

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March 24, 2020 - 10:36 am
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Before the Lions signed veteran Desmond Trufant to replace Darius Slay, they were in on former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry. 

Widely considered one of the top three corners on the market, Bradberry, 26, cashed in with a three-year, $43.5 million deal from the Giants. 

"When free agency came, it was either between the Lions and New York," Bradberry told the Jim Rome show. "I just feel like New York was the better fit for me."

Bradberry said his relationship with Giants GM Dave Gettleman, who drafted Bradberry as GM of the Panthers, was a big factor in his decision.

"I know what type of organization he’s trying to build over there, and I knew some of the players that were there as well and they had nothing but good things to say about the organization. So I feel like it was the right fit," he said. 

Asked if there were any red flags that dissuaded him from signing with Detroit, Bradberry said, "Nah, I feel like both organizations were great. I feel like both coaches were great coaches. I just feel like New York might have been a better feel for me. It’s a great city. It’s something new for me." 

It's not clear what the Lions offered Bradberry, who has 27 passes defended over the last two seasons.

But given their reservations to pay Slay, it's safe to assume they weren't willing to approach the $14.5 million per year Bradberry got from the Giants, which places him among the highest-paid corners in the league. 

The Lions opted for Trufant instead, giving the 29-year-old a two-year, $21 million deal.