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Giants release cornerback James Bradberry


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -The Giants announced Monday they have released cornerback James Bradberry, a steady defender who started 31 games in his two seasons with the team and was a 2020 Pro Bowler.

Bradberry, 28, joined the Giants as a free agent two years ago after playing his first four seasons for the Carolina Panthers. He was a productive and durable player, missing only one game with the Giants, against Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2020, when he was on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Bradberry started every game but one in which he played for the Giants, when they opened the game in a goal-line defense in Chicago on Jan. 2.

Bradberry has 82 career passes defensed and has led his team in each of his six NFL seasons.

In his 32 games in a Giants uniform, Bradberry totaled 100 tackles (80 solo), four interceptions, 35 passes defensed (tied for the NFL's third-highest total during that span), two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Last season, Bradberry played in every game for the third time in his career. He finished with 47 tackles (37 solo), a career-high four interceptions, tied for fourth in the NFL with 17 passes defensed and recovered two fumbles.

In 2020, Bradberry was the first Giants cornerback to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Janoris Jenkins in 2016. He led the Giants with three interceptions, tying the then-career high he set with the Panthers the previous season. Bradberry was one of three players tied for second in the NFL with 18 passes defensed. He also had 53 tackles (43 solo), a career-high two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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