Saints: Adding Nigel Bradham will improve defense’s worst unit
The New Orleans Saints aren’t done with their offseason additions quite yet, adding former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham.
The front four and the secondary for the Saints are both among the best in the NFC. Despite being led by All-Pro Demario Davis, the Saints’ linebacking core is still among the thinnest units on the roster.
They’re going to be putting their trust in Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso, two players that have both been injured throughout their career. They did add Zack Baun, and he should help, being one of college football’s best rushers.
Craig Robertson also has a shot to be a starter aside Davis. However, aside from those five, many of which are injury prone, there isn’t much talent at the position. Now, the team will insert Nigel Bradham as well.
Bradham’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter who was the first to break the news. Bradham was a cap casualty for the Eagles, a team that will save about $3.5 million by letting him go.
The 6-foot-2 middle linebacker will produce a hard-hitting option for Sean Payton. Davis and Baun are more outside, edge rushing threats as opposed to those that swarm the middle of the field.
As for Bradham, he’s totaled 619 tackles in 115 games, 96 of which were starts. More recently, Bradham played in 12 games and totaled 61 tackles. He’s been a solid option but was overpaid and Philadelphia knew it.
While we don’t know his contract details quite yet, we do know that he’ll be a nice addition for a team that is looking to shore up a unit that been among the more inconsistent throughout the last few years.
Assuming Bradham doesn’t take too much off the cap, the Saints may still have money to make a run at a Jadeveon Clowney-type player if they so desire.