New Orleans Saints: Breaking Down The Signing Of WR Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley Runs In A Touchdown Catch During A 2006 Game Against The Jets. (Source:

The Saints front office will announce at some point today that they have come to terms with free agent wide receiver Mark Bradley.

Bradley, a former second round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2005, has spent time with several teams including most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who picked him up off waivers in December of 2009 before releasing him this past June.

His time in the NFL however has been rocky to say the least as he has battled constant injury and what receivers dread the most, a case of the “drops”.

A former standout at the University of Oklahoma Bradley caught the attention of scouts with his ability to get behind defenders and beat them deep averaging 21.3 yards per catch throughout his college career.

At 6-2 and 200 pounds he has good size to complement the blazing speed he displayed while at the Combine when he posted a 4.31 forty yard dash time and 39.5 inch vertical leap.

Bradley will enter the Saints training camp amidst very stiff competition as the Saints receiving core is among the best in the league with Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore firmly entrenched as starters.

That doesn’t include Adrian Arrington, Rod Harper, Matt Simon and Courtney Roby who he will also have to compete against to get a shot at sticking with the team.

It’s a daunting task for any receiver to enter training camp late and even more so when it is the Saints receivers you have to contend with.

His addition is not of need as the Saints have plenty of options at receiver, it is a chance for him to showcase his talents so the team can get a closer look at him to determine if he is the next diamond in the rough.

Can Mark Bradley crack the roster and make the team with the Saints?

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