Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the 2018 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The reasoning for Bradham's suspension hasn't been disclosed, but the linebacker will nonetheless be ineligible to play in the Eagles' season opener against the Falcons on Sep. 6. With Paul Worrilow (knee) on injured reserve, Nate Gerry or Kamu Grugier-Hill are the favorites to take Bradham's place in the starting lineup.
Tasked with playing on the outside in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme last season, Bradham moved to the middle following Jordan Hicks' season-ending Achilles injury in October and was instrumental in aiding the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title. Bradham, who finished the past campaign with 88 tackles, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble and a sack in 15 regular-season contests, will be rewarded handsomely for his effort, but the large financial commitment could force the Eagles to cut costs at the position by releasing fellow outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who carries a $7.6 million cap hit for 2018. With Hicks expected back at full strength for training camp, Bradham should move back to the strong side during the upcoming season and could see his tackle total decline as a result.
Bradham finished the 2017 regular season with 88 tackles (61 solo), a sack, and eight passes defensed across 15 games.
The tackle and sack numbers represent slight regression from Bradham's 2016. The eight passes defensed were a career-high however, and the former Seminole also scored his first career touchdown Week 11 against Dallas. The 28-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent. Bradham has stated he'd like to return to Philadelphia, but no matter where he ends up, he is not likely to have value as much more than a high-floor, low-upside linebacker in 2018 IDP leagues.
Bradham (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
With little at stake for the Eagles in the regular-season finale, Bradham will be one of six regulars on defense who will be in street clothes. Look for Najee Goode and Kamu Grugier-Hill to pick up added snaps at outside linebacker while Bradham is out.
Bradham's tackle total was a season-high and second double-digit effort on the season. The 28-year-old outside linebacker also defended two passes for the second consecutive week. He was also one of three Eagles defenders to play all 88 snaps on defense.
|P3||8/23/18||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|