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Nigel Bradham | Linebacker

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 241
College: Florida State
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Bills contract-year LB Nigel Bradham said he has yet to open contract talks with the Bills.
Buffalo would probably like to extend Bradham, but Bradham is third in line behind Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn. Bradham is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal. He recorded 104 tackles in 14 starts last season. Aug 31 - 8:29 AM

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The Bills are interested in extending contract-year LB Nigel Bradham.

Bradham is coming off a career year, recording 104 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three turnovers despite missing two games. The Bills want to keep Bradham, but are unlikely to extend him until Marcell Dareus gets a new deal. After playing the strong side under Jim Schwartz, Bradham is expected to move inside in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.
Apr 17 - 8:03 PM

The Bills' website expects Nigel Bradham to move to inside linebacker.

Bradham had a breakout season in 2014, posting 104 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He's best suited as a 4-3 outside linebacker, but could be asked to switch back inside under Rex Ryan. Kiko Alonso is expected to remain on the weak side, with Bradham and Preston Brown projected to play the middle in Ryan's 3-4 scheme.
Feb 13 - 7:21 PM

Bills SLB Nigel Bradham (knee) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Lions.

With Kyle Williams also sidelined, the Bills will be without their top two run defenders on Sunday. Rookie Preston Brown will start on the strong-side.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Bills LB Nigel Bradham left Sunday's Week 4 game against the Texans with a knee injury.

He's out for the game. Bradham was injured on an interception of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter. Rookie Preston Brown will replace him in the lineup.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 03:13:00 PM

NFL suspended Bills LB Nigel Bradham one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

It arises from his 2013 marijuana arrest, so the Bills knew this was coming. Being counted on as a starter in new DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, Bradham has emerged as the favorite to replace Kiko Alonso in the DeAndre Levy role. He figures to be replaced by rookie Preston Brown on passing downs. When Bradham returns in Week 2, he'll be a candidate to lead the Bills in tackles. Levy had 119 of them last year, and six interceptions.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:53:00 PM

The Bills opened camp with Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers as their starting outside linebackers.

Former Patriot Brandon Spikes is the middle linebacker. It's been the expected alignment ever since stud WLB Kiko Alonso tore his ACL. Although DC Jim Schwartz considers Bradham and Rivers "interchangeable," Bradham is the preferred IDP sleeper because he's likely to be part of the nickel package. He's also playing on the weak side primarily, which is Alonso's old position. Bradham just has to hold off third-round rookie Preston Brown through camp.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Bills third-year LB Nigel Bradham is expected to step into the starting lineup following the season-ending ACL tear to WLB Kiko Alonso.

It's unclear whether Bradham or current SLB Keith Rivers will play the weak side. Rivers has a ton of experience as a WILL, while Bradham ran mostly as the second-team strong-side linebacker in the spring. Bradham has a chance to break out as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. He ran a 4.56 forty at the 2012 Combine and is nails versus the run.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 01:18:00 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak considers LB Nigel Bradham to be on the roster bubble.

Bradham has appeared in all 32 games (starting 13) since being taken with the 105th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Bills signed Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes in free agency and added Preston Brown and Randell Johnson via the draft. Bradham is a speed 'backer who will have to make his mark on special teams and in sub-packages as the fifth linebacker in order to crack the roster.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 08:57:00 AM

Marijuana charges against Bills LB Nigel Bradham have been dropped stemming from his August citation.

The charge will be completely expunged if Bradham stays out of trouble for the next six months. Bradham was only ticketed during a traffic stop because he turned over to police a very small bag of marijuana, and officers were not concerned he'd been using before driving. A 2012 fourth-round pick, Bradham is competing for snaps with Arthur Moats behind starting ILB Kiko Alonso.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 09:24:00 PM

The Buffalo News considers Nigel Bradham a candidate for nickel linebacker duties.

The Bills released Bryan Scott on Sunday, leaving Bradham and SS Da'Norris Searcy as the favorites to replace his role in their nickel defense. Second-round pick Kiko Alonso has the other linebacker spot locked down and will be featured as a three-down player.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Per the Tonawanda News, Bills LB Nigel Bradham was charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Bradham was pulled over at 2 A.M. in the town of Tonawanda (NY) for a window tint violation following Friday night's preseason game. Officer Howard Scholl smelled an odor of marijuana, and Bradham handed over a baggy of pot. The amount was too small to arrest Bradham, but he'll have a court date shortly. Even though he wasn't arrested, Bradham could still face league discipline.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Bills WLB Nigel Bradham is being asked to do more blitzing this season.

Bradham is expected to be a three-down linebacker in DC Mike Pettine's blitz-heavy scheme and should benefit from the Bills transition to a 3-4 defense. "I see myself fitting in well," Bradham told "I feel like [this] is really good for me, as far as where I can use my speed and my ability to make plays. Pretty much everything is different."
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 09:02:00 PM

GM Buddy Nix confirmed that Nigel Bradham will be a three-down linebacker this season.

Although Bradham made 11 starts last year, he finished with just 47 tackles, no interceptions and no forced fumbles. The Bills are counting on him to take a leap forward this year as an outside linebacker in new DC Mike Pettine's scheme. "I think he's a great fit for what we're doing because he can fly. He can run," Nix said of Bradham. "He's a guy that the closer he gets to the ball, the faster he gets."
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:04:00 AM "would almost anticipate" SLB Nigel Bradham moving inside and being a three-down linebacker this season.

New DC Mike Pettine has been noncommittal on the scheme he's going to implement in Buffalo, but the Jets mostly lined up in the 3-4 under Pettine. Bradham, the No. 105 overall pick in last year's draft, helped solidify Buffalo's porous run defense once he stepped into the starting lineup in Week 6.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 04:47:00 PM

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