The honeymoon is over.
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NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported via a team source that Bradley was coming through customs while returning from his honeymoon when he got the call that he was being released. The move will save $3.5 million against the salary cap, as Bradley was due to collect $5 million this season.
Viewed as the middle linebacker of the future for the Philadelphia Eagles before blowing out his knee in 2009, Bradley was the quintessential free-agent bust in Arizona. After struggling to adapt to former defensive coordinator's Ray Horton's 3-4 defense, Bradley surprisingly failed to beat out declining veteran Paris Lenon for a starting job. It was clear that he wasn't long for the desert when he was forced to take a major paycut last offseason.
Bradley's logical next step is a return to a 4-3 defense that better suits his strengths. Now entering his age-30 season and nearly three years removed from his last start, however, he shouldn't count on his phone ringing off the hook.
Gay tweeted about being released on Friday morning.
It's not a good omen for Gay that new coach Bruce Arians was with him for a half-decade in Pittsburgh.