Bradley was drafted by the Bears in 2005. He was a second round pick out of Oklahoma. He was part of the Bears for four seasons (2005-2008), in which he played in 34 games. He caught 38 passes for 583 yards in that time. He started four games his rookie season and then after that saw time off the bench.
Bradley suffered a ACL injury in week eight of his rookie season ending his season. Bradley stayed healthy for 2006 until an ankle injury cost him to miss five games late in the season. The 15 games he appeared in 2007 were an improvement, but he only caught six passes.
Then in 2008 he fell out of favor and because of the development of Devin Hester and Earl Bennett he was released on September 23, 2008.
Bradley was then picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs on October 1, 2008. Bradley played in ten games that season, starting eight of them. He put up career highs in basically every stat. He reeled in 30 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns.
The highlight of his season with the Chiefs was when he threw the first touchdown pass of his career to then quarterback Tyler Thigpen, on a wide-receiver reverse trick play, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2009 he played in 13 games for the Chiefs, starting five games. He reeled in 24 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, but the Chiefs released Bradley on December 22, 2009. The next day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him and he is competing for a job there this season with the minimal talent that they have at the position.
I personally believe Bradley had a dispute with coach Lovie Smith and that’s what caused his release because he was a good player when he was put in the right position. Injuries were a big reason he didn’t have success because he was very talented and he can still have some success with the Bucs because he is only 28 years old. I liked him when he was with the Bears, but I never thought he could be a star with our system maybe with the right system Bradley can flourish.
Good luck in Tampa Bay Mark.