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Stewart Bradley accepts $2.5 million pay cut

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The Cardinals’ signing of linebacker Stewart Bradley to a five-year, $25 million contract was widely met with media praise last July, but things didn’t turn out nearly as well on the field. Bradley received a $5 million signing bonus, yet wound up playing less than 20 percent of Arizona’s defensive snaps.

In order to keep his roster spot entering year two of the deal, Bradley agreed to a $2.5 million pay reduction, Adam Caplan reports. The salary slash wasn’t accompanied by the usual “signing” bonus to make up the difference, either. Bradley’s base pay simply dropped from $5 million to $2.5 million.

Bradley, 28, finished last season with 31 tackles and no sacks in 16 appearances, starting just once. He returns to compete for snaps at inside linebacker against 34-year-old Paris Lenon.

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16 Responses to “Stewart Bradley accepts $2.5 million pay cut”
  1. cobrala2 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:39 PM

    What a shame. So much promise… then, what – 2 ACLs and a major concussion later he’s become forgettable.

    Hey, Arizona: please trade a #2 & #3 for Asante.

  2. greenbleeder says: Apr 24, 2012 9:42 PM

    Stu,

    What happened?

    –Your Old Expectations

  3. laeaglefan says: Apr 24, 2012 9:44 PM

    Bradley was never the same player after he blew out his knee in training camp a few years ago. You knew the Eagles just gave up on him when they cut him loose, considering that they needed all the help at linebacker that they could get.

  4. andyreidsbossoms says: Apr 24, 2012 10:28 PM

    I was so pissed when the Fatman let him sign in Az, I’m sorry Fatman you were right

  5. arizonahusker says: Apr 24, 2012 10:34 PM

    Good move by Stew & the Cards. This was his first year in the 3-4 defense and who knows how long Paris Lenon can produce like he did last year.

  6. cardsfann1 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:37 PM

    He will do well in the desert this year with a full off season to learn the 3-4 d… He is good…

  7. majbobby says: Apr 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    Wait where are all the people saying a signed contract should be honored. Never post when it is about a team using leverage of take a pay cut or lose your job. But when a player holds out the come out in mass yelling Comeon player X you signed it honor your contract.

  8. rabidmike says: Apr 24, 2012 11:19 PM

    Dont be surpised if they move him to the replacing Haggans more than Lenons.

  9. dontouchmyjunk says: Apr 24, 2012 11:42 PM

    Bradley was never very good in the NFL. The Eagles, via their website, overhyped him from the get go. Their fan base, malleable (look it up Eagles fans) as they are, lapped it up.

    Unfortunately for Cardinals fans, your front office doesn’t appear to be the brightest of bulbs either.

  10. baldeaglejohnie says: Apr 25, 2012 12:08 AM

    good luck Stu except when you play the Eagles. !!

  11. 4evrnyt says: Apr 25, 2012 12:42 AM

    Swing and a miss!!

  12. jetzman says: Apr 25, 2012 6:34 AM

    Not bad. …$160K per tackle!!!

  13. pixelito says: Apr 25, 2012 7:57 AM

    They way overpaid for a guy who was already damaged goods.

  14. shempnet says: Apr 25, 2012 8:05 AM

    I’m just surprised the Andy Reid wasn’t able to trade him for a 2nd and a fourth to the Cardinals. By the way, I hear Asante Samuel is available for for a fifth round pick and Jeff Lurie with throw in a set of “My Favorite Martian” commemorative plates. Financing is available.

  15. snowpea84 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    He either plays well this year or it isn’t going to work. He’ll have had a year now in a new system on a new team. Last year was a bad year to start anything new. I don’t know why anyone did.

  16. rgb2425 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:20 AM

    dontouchmyjunk says:
    Apr 24, 2012 11:42 PM
    Bradley was never very good in the NFL. The Eagles, via their website, overhyped him from the get go. Their fan base, malleable (look it up Eagles fans) as they are, lapped it up.

    Unfortunately for Cardinals fans, your front office doesn’t appear to be the brightest of bulbs either.

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