Breaking: Miami Dolphins’ Confirm On The Verge Of Landing Experienced Eagles $38 Million Starter

**Dolphins’ Potential Trade Target Could Address Key Defensive Need**

When considering the Miami Dolphins’ remaining roster needs post-free agency and draft, cornerback may not initially seem like a priority given the presence of veterans Jalen Ramsey and Kendall Fuller. However, a closer examination reveals potential issues in their secondary depth. Eli Apple remains a free agent, Kader Kohou had a passer rating allowed of 132.9 last year per Pro Football Focus, and 2023 second-round pick Cam Smith only logged 20 defensive snaps as a rookie.

To solidify their status as Super Bowl contenders in 2024, the Dolphins might benefit from a reliable upgrade at the CB3/nickel position. Teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and San Francisco 49ers boast some of the NFL’s deepest rosters, highlighting the importance of depth.

On May 13, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine proposed a practical solution: a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for veteran cornerback James Bradberry. Ballentine argued that Miami, vulnerable to starting Kohou or Smith in case of an injury, should consider Bradberry, who, despite a disappointing 2023 season, was pivotal to the Eagles’ 2022 success and has a manageable $1.2 million salary.

Additionally, Ballentine noted that acquiring Bradberry would provide Miami flexibility, potentially allowing Ramsey to move to the slot if necessary.

**Cap Space Increase Post-June 1**

Currently, the Dolphins have just over $1.836 million in cap space, one of the lowest in the league. However, with the post-June 1 release of starting cornerback Xavien Howard, they will gain an additional $18.5 million in cap space, offering financial room to acquire Bradberry, whose cap hit this season is just over $4.3 million. The remaining funds could address other needs, such as bolstering the interior offensive line or finding a defensive tackle to replace Christian Wilkins.

**Eagles’ Draft Moves Make Bradberry Expendable**

The Eagles have already prepared for Bradberry’s potential departure, selecting Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean, both highly regarded cornerbacks, in the draft. With veterans Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox also on the roster, Bradberry is expendable, provided Miami is willing to absorb his contract. Although his cap hit rises significantly in 2025 and beyond, the Eagles might assist with these future costs to facilitate a trade.

Bradberry’s performance has fluctuated over the past three seasons, with an outstanding 2022 campaign (allowing a 51.8 passer rating, four interceptions, and 12 pass breakups) surrounded by less impressive 2021 and 2023 seasons, where his touchdown allowances and penalties were notably higher.

In summary, trading for James Bradberry could address one of the Dolphins’ critical needs, enhancing their secondary depth and strengthening their Super Bowl aspirations.

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