The Atlanta Falcons announced today the signing of free-agent linebacker Allen Bradford, the first of the new regime headed by Dan Quinn. Bradford ended the 2014 season on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad, but was not re-signed by the team to a futures contract earlier this month. That made him immediately a free agent.
Bradford has been off and on the Seahawks’ roster and practice squad over the past four years. Originally, a sixth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011, Bradford began his NFL career playing running back, the position he primarily played at Southern California. But he was cut by the Bucs midway through his rookie season and added to the Seahawks’ practice squad. Current Seahawks and former USC head coach Pete Carroll made the decision to switch Bradford to defense, as he was a linebacker in high school when Carroll recruited him.
Bradford spent the majority of the 2012 season on the Seahawks practice squad before getting promoted to the final roster for the regular-season finale and the playoffs. He was cut by the Seahawks after training camp the following summer and claimed by the Giants, where he played in nine regular-season games predominantly on special teams.
The Giants released Bradford last May and he was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He competed against the likes of current Falcons linebacker Nate Stupar in Jacksonville’s training camp last summer, but failed to make the roster and wound up back on the Seahawks’ practice squad in September. But the Seahawks cut him a week later and the Cleveland Browns added him to their practice squad. In November, the Seahawks signed Bradford off the Browns’ practice squad and cut him a second time a month later before re-signing him to the practice squad again.
In his career, Bradford has appeared in 13 games and tallied four tackles on special teams, none on defense. As a running back at USC, he totaled 1,585 rushing yards on 267 carries (5.9 avg) and 16 touchdowns.