Bradford, an unrestricted free-agent, joined Detroit last off-season as an assumed No. 2 receiver beside All Pro Roy Williams. And while the nine-year veteran managed to escape training camp (which included the release of former No. 2 pick Charles Rogers, and the peculiar, failed experiment with undrafted WR Shaun Bodiford), he didn't survive the first month of the regular season. Bradford was dumped after accumulating just three receptions in the first three weeks (all coming in week one), and the Lions parted ways.
Two months later, for reasons that still aren't completely clear, they re-signed him.
In his second stint in the 2006 campaign, Bradford was slightly more productive. In six games, Bradford tallied 11 receptions for 128 yards. He also shared field time with practice squad players such as DeVale Ellis and Glenn Martinez, never establishing himself as a reliable threat or the quality target the Lions thought they were getting in the off-season.
Bradford's drop from "starting wide receiver" to "depth chart afterthought" was sharp.
VERDICT: Although Bradford still has tread on the tire, he isn't what Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz is looking for as a wide receiver. He is too slow to play on the outside, and doesn't run the crisp, exact routes that are needed in the Martz offense. He also doesn't have reliable hands. Essentially, Bradford had the rare two chances to make an impact on the ball club, and failed on both counts.
After re-signing Furrey, and the expected signing of former Martz project Kevin Curtis to open free-agency, Bradford isn't even on Detroit's radar as far as camp fodder is concerned.