Cornerback James Bradberry has spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, with the majority of it under new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.
Bradberry, along with several of his fellow Carolina defenders, is set to hit free agency in March. His position is a high priority of need for the Redskins, who are looking for a quality outside cornerback to pair alongside emerging star Quinton Dunbar.
The 26-year-old joined the Redskins Talk podcast in Miami during Super Bowl week and was excited about the potential about him coming to Washington and reuniting with his former head coach.
"I would love to play for coach Rivera again," Bradberry said. "He's a great man and a great coach.
"He coached me for four years. I didn't realize how much he meant to us until that day [he got fired]," he continued. "Just how he spoke to us as men. He wasn't overly aggressive unless he needed to be. He put his foot down when he needed to be."
The cornerback raved about Rivera's character throughout the interview, particularly how much he emphasized family.
"A great man, first and foremost. He always talked about family," he said. "He emphasized family a lot. He always brought his daughter around, his wife was always around."
While Bradberry was enthusiastic about the potential of heading to the nation's capital, he explained that signing with the Redskins would not be his first preference.
"Dream scenario, I would love to continue my career with the Carolina Panthers," he said. "I've been there for four years. One of my closest friends on the team, Shaq Thompson, he's still there. I would love to get to finish the rest of my career alongside him."
The cornerback understands that it's a business at the end of the day.
While Bradberry wants to return to Charlotte and continue his career with the same organization that drafted him, he's open to any team that's willing to offer him a deal he believes is fair.
"I'm cool with any team, really," Bradberry said. "Any team that makes that offer that's willing to pay me what I feel like I'm worth, I'm willing to go play for them."
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