James Bradberry settled on the Giants as his next NFL team. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins and Jets loomed as known suitors for James Bradberry, but the standout cornerback chose the Giants. But neither the Redskins nor the Jets finished second in this pursuit.

Bradberry said his final decision was a Giants-over-Lions move. Giants GM Dave Gettleman, who drafted Bradberry in the second round when he was with the Panthers, played a role in Bradberry’s choice.

“It was either the Lions or New York, and I felt like New York was a better fit for me,” Bradberry said during an appearance on the Jim Rome Show (via the New York Post). “I knew Mr. Gettleman; I know what type of organization he’s trying to build over there. 

“… I feel like both organizations were great; I feel like both coaches were great. I just feel New York might have been a better feel for me. It’s a great city; it’s something new for me.”

It took a three-year, $43.5M offer for Bradberry to sign with the Giants. The Lions went in a less expensive direction after finishing second here. They instead signed the recently released Desmond Trufant for two years and $20M.

It appears Bradberry was Detroit’s first choice as their Darius Slay replacement. The Lions subsequently traded Slay to the Eagles. Going with a lucrative Bradberry pact and trading Slay would have been interesting, however, given the Lions’ hesitancy about paying Slay — a three-time Pro Bowler. Bradberry, 26, is two years younger but has yet to be selected to a Pro Bowl.

The Lions have Trufant and slot man Justin Coleman as their top cornerbacks, post-Slay, and have been frequently mentioned as the team that will select Ohio State corner Jeff Okudah in mock drafts. Bradberry will now anchor the Giants’ cornerback corps.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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1932
Jack McBride
1933-1934
Harry Newman
1935-1939
Ed Danowski
1940
Eddie Miller
1941-1942
Tuffy Leemans
1943
Emery Nix
1944-1945
Arnie Herber
1946
Frank Filchock
1947
Paul Governali
1948-1959
Charlie Conerly
1960
George Shaw
1961-1964
Y.A. Tittle
1965
Earl Morrall
1966
Gary Wood
1967-1971
Fran Tarkenton
1972-1973
Norm Snead
1974-1976
Craig Morton
1977-1978
Joe Pisarcik
1979-1981
Phil Simms
1982-1983
Scott Brunner
1984-1990
Phil Simms
1991-1992
Jeff Hostetler
1993
Phil Simms
1994-1996
Dave Brown
1997-1998
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1999-2003
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2004
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