In a trio of FA signings Wednesday, the Denver Broncos came to terms with LB Stewart Bradley on a one year deal for 1.1 million (200K signing bonus).
6'4" 254 lbs
Bradley played primarily the sam LB position as a three year starter at Nebraska. During that time notched 175 tackles, 25 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 FF, and 1 INT. While in college, he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee (2005). At the combine before the 2007 NFL Draft, Bradley ran 4.71 in the forty with a 10 and 20 yard split of 1.65 and 2.79 seconds respectively. He also ran a 7.29 three cone drill, had a vertical jump of 35.5 inches, and a broad jump of 9'04". Rounding out the measureables he also scored a 30 on the wonderlic test.
Stewart was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 87th overall (3rd round). His rookie season, he was mainly a special teams contributor and finished 2nd on his team in ST tackles with 17. In 2008, Bradley became the starting MLB and notched 108 tackles to go along with one sack, one INT, and a FF. Heading into 2009, he tore his ACL again in a public scrimmage during preseason. In 2010 he started another 12 games as the Mike and notched 59 tackles. He was a cap casualty following the 2010 season and was subsequently signed by the Arizona Cardinals. In his two seasons as a Cardinal, he never started a game and logged just 31 tackles in a support and special teams role.
This is a big guy that is being brought in to help push Nate Irving and Steven Johnson in the middle. It doesn't look like Bradley was asked to cover much and his 40 time isn't all that impressive. He's a warm body that will provide some depth and hopefully push Joe Mays out the door since he can play special teams as well. Time will tell if he has what it takes to be the starting Mike or even a valuable backup. One thing's for sure, he has one year to prove himself.