Ja'Marcus Bradley

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #84
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #84

Ja'Marcus Bradley News

Gets new contract from Pittsburgh

The Steelers signed Bradley to a reserve/future contract Tuesday.

Analysis: Bradley spent the majority of the 2022 regular season unsigned until joining up with the Steelers' practice squad Nov. 23. While he never suited up for Pittsburgh, it appears the 26-year-old made enough of an impression to earn a prospective contract heading into the 2023 offseason. Bradley has yet to make his NFL debut.

Jan 10, 2023 6:52 PM EST

Added to Steelers' practice squad

Bradley was signed to the Steelers' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Bradley will join the Steelers' practice unit after being waived by the Browns in late August. After appearing in eight games with Cleveland over the last two years, the wide receiver will look to appear in a contest with the Steelers down the line.

Nov 23, 2022 8:00 AM EST

Waived by Cleveland

The Browns waived Bradley on Monday.

Analysis: Bradley played 33 offensive snaps in Saturday's preseason finale against the Bears and caught both of his passes for 26 yards. The third-year wideout has appeared in eight contests with Cleveland over the last two seasons, catching nine of 15 targets for 124 yards. If he clears waivers, he could be a candidate to rejoin the organization via the practice squad.

Aug 29, 2022 9:44 AM EST

Gets first crack as returner

Bradley returned two kickoffs for 31 yards and two punts for five yards in Friday's 24-13 win over Jacksonville in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Bradley put the Browns in a hole on the opening kickoff, getting stuffed inside the 15, and the Deshaun Watson-led offense followed with an uninspiring opening series. Bradley got the first crack at replacing Jakeem Grant (Achilles) in the return game, although the Browns are expected to cycle in others over the remaining weeks before the regular season kicks off Sept. 11 at Carolina. Demetric Felton, D'Ernest Johnson and possibly Anthony Schwartz could also challenge for the lead job.

Aug 13, 2022 6:12 AM EST

Tendered by Cleveland

The Browns tendered Bradley's contract on Monday.

Analysis: Cleveland will have until July 15 to work out a multi-year contract with Bradley, but if they don't he'll work under the exclusive franchise tag during 2022. The 25-year-old wideout made five appearances for the Browns last year and caught all four of his targets for 64 yards. He also operated as the team's kick returner during the final week of the regular season, returning two kicks for 49 yards.

Mar 7, 2022 10:18 AM EST

Returns kicks in Week 18

Bradley was not targeted and returned two kicks for 49 yards in Week 18's 21-16 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: Bradley played just three snaps on offense, but he was used as the primary kick returner, taking over the role that had been filled by Anthony Schwartz and Demetric Felton. He appeared in five games for the Browns after spending most of the season on the team's practice squad. The second-year wideout has been with Cleveland since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2020, and he could re-up with the team for 2022, giving Cleveland a depth receiver with system knowledge that has kick-return experience.

Jan 11, 2022 7:16 PM EST

Inactive Saturday

Bradley is inactive for Saturday's game against the Packers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: With Jarvis Landry back from the reserve/COVID-19 list to face Green Bay, Bradley is the odd man out in the Browns' Week 16 wideout corps.

Dec 25, 2021 12:22 PM EST

No run on offense

Bradley played nine snaps on special teams and did not appear on offense in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Bradley had appeared in two previous games and caught four of four targets for 64 yards, but he was down the depth chart Monday in a game that Cleveland was short receiving options due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones were the main players at wide receiver, as Jarvis Landry was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 21, 2021 5:41 AM EST

Promoted to active roster

Bradley has been added to the Browns' active roster ahead of Saturday's game against the Raiders, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The Browns are presently without two tight ends (Austin Hooper and David Njoku) and one wide receiver (Jarvis Landry) that are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while dealing with injuries to tight end Harrison Bryant (ankle), wideout Anthony Schwartz (concussion) and running back Kareem Hunt (ankle). With so much in flux as the team prepares for Week 15, it makes sense to have Bradley available. If on the active roster Saturday, Bradley could serve as the third wideout behind Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins.

Dec 16, 2021 5:46 AM EST

Signs with practice squad

Bradley signed with the Browns' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Bradley was just cut by the Browns on Dec. 11, but with Jarvis Landry and JoJo Natson placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list Tuesday and Anthony Schwartz still in concussion protocols, the Browns are getting thin at wide receiver. Bradley appeared in the Browns' Week 11 and 12 contests against the Lions and Ravens respectively, totaling four catches on four targets for 64 yards. If moved to the active roster he could file in as high as third, behind Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins, on the teams wide receiver positional depth chart Saturday, when they host the Raiders.

Dec 14, 2021 11:59 AM EST

Waived by Browns

Bradley has been waived by the Browns, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Bradley was expected to serve as the Browns' No. 3 wideout in Sunday's matchup with the Ravens, so this news is somewhat surprising. He started the season on the team's practice squad and will presumably land back their should he ultimately go unclaimed off waivers. Pass-catcher and potential kick returner, JoJo Natson, was elevated to the 53-man roster in a corresponding move.

Dec 11, 2021 11:03 AM EST

Remains No. 3

Bradley is expected to serve as the third wideout Sunday against the Ravens, as Anthony Schwartz (concussion) will miss a third consecutive game, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Analysis: Bradley, who started the season on Cleveland's practice squad, was recently added to the active roster and has passed Rashard Higgins on the depth chart. The Browns' pedestrian offense is expected to lean on running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, so there may be little for Bradley as the third wideout behind Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Bradley caught all four targets for 64 yards, including one catch of 20-plus yards, over the last two games.

Dec 11, 2021 4:51 AM EST

Passes Higgins on depth chart

Bradley caught two of two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Bradley was active for a second consecutive game and moved ahead of a healthy Rashard Higgins, who was made inactive for the game. With Anthony Schwartz (concussion) unavailable, Bradley served as the third wideout behind Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Browns are off Week 13, which could be enough time for Schwartz to return. Cleveland next plays Baltimore in Week 14.

Nov 29, 2021 3:29 AM EST

Gets heavy workload in win

Bradley caught two of two targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over Detroit.

Analysis: Bradley and Lawrence Cager were added from the practice squad to fill out a thinned wide receiving corps. Both Donovan Peoples-Jones (knee) and Anthony Schwartz (concussion) were sidelined, which meant Bradley operated as the Browns' resident deep threat. He led the position group with 55 of 74 snaps, followed by Rashard Higgins (53), Jarvis Landry (48) and Cager (one). If either of the injured receivers return for next Monday's game in Baltimore, then Bradley will drop a spot on the depth chart or revert back to the practice squad.

Nov 22, 2021 3:18 AM EST

Signed from practice squad

Bradley was signed to the Browns' active roster ahead of the team's Week 9 matchup with the Patriots.

Analysis: The wide receiver has yet to play with the Browns this season after playing in three contests in 2020, catching five balls for 60 yards. With Odell Beckham being released, Bradley may have an opportunity to carve out a consistent spot on the active roster.

Nov 9, 2021 2:17 PM EST

Restored to practice squad

The Browns restored Bradley (undisclosed) from the practice squad injured list Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Bradley landed on the injured list early October, but he can now resume participating in practice squad activities. He appeared in three games with the team last season.

Oct 19, 2021 10:20 AM EST

On practice squad injury list

Bradley (undisclosed) has been placed on the Browns' practice squad injured list per the NFLs transaction log.

Analysis: The nature of Bradley's injury is unknown at this time. He will now focus on his recovery before he can get back to work on Cleveland's practice squad.

Oct 1, 2021 7:55 PM EST

Signed by Cleveland

Bradley was signed to Cleveland's practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Bradley spent all of preseason with the Browns, so he's familiar with the system. The same goes for JoJo Natson, who also re-signed with the Browns for practice squad duty. That the Browns kept only five receivers suggests Odell Beckham (knee) will begin full practice in preparation for Week 1 in Kansas City. However, Bradley and Natson could be useful if either Rashard Higgins (leg) or Anthony Schwartz, who missed time during camp, is unable to go Week 1.

Sep 1, 2021 6:37 PM EST

Sent packing by Browns

Cleveland waived Bradley on Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Bradley appeared in three games for Cleveland as a rookie last season, in which span he caught five of 11 targets for 60 yards. He could be a candidate to pop back up on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Aug 31, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Practicing again

Bradley (neck) returned to practice Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Bradley missed roughly one week of practice due to his neck injury, but he's now able to resume competing for a depth spot in Cleveland's wide receiver room. Sunday's preseason finale against the Falcons likely represents Bradley's best remaining chance to make an impression on the coaching staff.

Aug 25, 2021 2:46 PM EST

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