Nigel Bradham to Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Nigel Bradham #53  of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a touchdown during the NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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After spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, outside linebacker Nigel Bradham signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News stated that "Bradham [said Eagles defensive coordinator] Jim Schwartz’s scheme is fun, and that he plays to his players' strengths."

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez noted on Wednesday that Bradham said he received interest from the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars before settling on the Eagles.

Marvez also reported on Wednesday that the Bills had "backed out of contract talks" with Bradham.

The 2015 season was a decent one for Bradham, but his production dipped just a bit after missing the final five games with an ankle injury:

Nigel Bradham NFL Stats

Although it sounded like he was leaning toward returning to the Bills, Bradham made it clear shortly after the season that he would test the free-agent waters, per the team's official website.

"Honestly, I think that it’s going to be an interesting thing for me because I mean it’s just something to look forward to, seeing where you’re going to be," said Bradham. "Hopefully I’m still here, but if not, I mean, it’s just one of those opportunities where you got a great chance to go out there and make a name for yourself."

With Philadelphia, he can do just that. Branham was on pace for a solid season before the injury and should be a great addition as he enters the prime of his career.

After trading linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins, this is an important move for the Eagles as they look to solidify their defense. Bradham should create stability at the linebacker position for Schwartz in 2016.