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Ahmad Bradshaw Uncertain About His Future with New York Giants

January 3rd, 2013 at 3:15 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants and General Manager Jerry Reese have a lot of decisions to make over the offseason. In addition to determining what to do with their 27 free agents, they must evaluate the roster, contracts and player injuries to determine who goes and who stays. And with $3.75 million due in 2013, running back Ahmad Bradshaw may be one of those decisions.

"You just never know who won’t be back next year, including me," Bradshaw said. "So it’s a great opportunity to see these faces. [Sunday] was a great day. We had a great day, great game. It just didn’t work out. Our heads are still high and that’s all it’s about."

Perhaps the most complete back on the Giants' depth chart, Bradshaw has been no stranger to success since coming into the league in 2007. Twice has he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, including this season when he totaled 1,015, and he's scored 35 touchdowns in his first 82 career games. But injuries have doomed the 26-year-old out of Marshall, having missed 12 games over his first six NFL seasons.

That trend continued this season with Bradshaw missing two games and a significant amount of practice time with injuries to his feet, neck and knee. And although time and rehab will heal the sprained MCL he suffered in week 14 against the New Orleans Saints, his foot injuries have become chronic, while his neck issues have surfaced each of the past two years.

It is for that reason Bradshaw is uncertain of his future, although he remains, admittedly, a Giant forever.

"I’m all in. That’s how I’ve been since I’ve been here," he said. "I bleed red, white and blue and that’s what it’s about with me right now. I can’t go into any other details about it, but I will always be a Giant forever."

When asked if he'd be back in 2013, Bradshaw simply said "I hope so."

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  1.  Krow says:

    I’ve said this before, but acquiring talent is a single function that includes the draft, UDFAs, free agents, and to a lesser extent trades.

    Every team sifts through hundreds of players looking for the ones with talent.

    The best way to judge is to examine the roster. Is it comprised of talented players? Does the team win? Are they poised to contend?

    Picking apart the draft is like saying 6 times out of 10 that clown Ted Williams made an out.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Agreed. As long as the team has all those talent streams flowing you cannot dwell on a miss here and there. Has to happen.

      Then again, some teams don’t very much of anything well. Thank God that’s no longer the case with the Giants. (*cough* Rocky Thompson *cough)

      •  demo3356 says:

        Look at the giants 1st round picks vs the Raiders who picked ahead of the giants EVERY Year…
        2012
        No pick- traded it along with next years #2 for Carson Palmer
        2011
        2. Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
        2010
        1. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
        2009
        1. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
        2008
        1. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
        2007
        1. JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
        2006
        1. Michael Huff, S, Texas
        2005
        1. Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska
        2004
        1. Robert Gallery, OT, Iowa

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    demo3356 says:
    January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM
    running back David Wilson (2012), cornerback Prince Amukamara (2011 – 19th overall), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (2010) and safety Kenny Phillips (2009).

    Pretty sure it was Phillips in 08 and Nicks in 09 which makes it even more impressive!

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    Levito says:
    January 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM
    yea, you’re right. I really wanted KP and Manningham in 08 and was psyched when it happened, never expected it to actually work out that way.

    And Nicks in 09 only because of the Plax incident. Meant to comment on that in the previous thread as well, but got caught up. Damn work always getting in the way.

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    fanfor55years says:
    January 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM
    Yeah, they seem not to miss on that top pick. That’s the reason I’m so sad that Ross is probably leaving. He had a lot to do with that record in the draft. I assume there has been a successor groomed, but if they lose Ross and Gettleman it will be a pretty significant setback.

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    GOAT56 says:
    January 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM
    Looking back at the last 5 years compared the rest of the 2000s and there’s a big difference in quality on #1 picks. I think while JR has found a lot of under the radar talent the hits on the past 5 premium picks are while we have a talented roster. I hope we can continue it because it makes a big difference when you don’t have first round busts. In fact our only bust in the first 2 rounds the past 5 years is Sintim and possibly Austin. 9 (maybe 10) out of 11 hits on premium draft picks is a great percentage.

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    Levito says:
    January 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM
    Are you referring to the Giants #1 picks, or the quality of NFL draft picks in general?

    In general, Reese has not only hit well in the first round, but he’s avoided some big busts. Looking at the first round in 2009 for example, and not only did he hit a HR with Nicks, but he avoided land mines all over the place. The first round of the 2009 draft is loaded with garbage: Aaron Curry, Sanches, Jason Smith, Aaron Maybin, Donald Brown. It’s ugly.

    I just wish his #1 picks could actually get some more reps their rookie years.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I was referring to the quality of the Giant picks. But you bring up a good point. It’s hard to go through that many drafts without busts especially picking later.

      I think some of the reason for our picks success if that they are not rushed. They get a chance to learn and play when they are ready not just forced in right away.

      •  Grateful Giants says:

        Whoa that can’t be right. Thats blasphemy on this site!

        •  Levito says:

          I think the strategy of just picking BPA regardless and not picking for need is also a good strategy. Then again, Wilson, Nicks, KP were all positions of need at the time as well.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Bradshaw will be an interesting case. I think part of the decision on him will show how strongly we feel about Wislon and Brown. Because a large part of letting Bradshaw go would be becasue we fill those guys are ready to step in. I think part of some of us wanting Bradshaw gone is just that we want to see what Wilson and Brown can really do. They both show flashes of being an upgrade from the really successful Bradshaw and Jacobs combo. But Bradshaw has heart, will and grit that is hard to disregard. I think it comes down to money and there is a max JR will be willing to pay Bradshaw.

    •  demo3356 says:

      I’d love for Bradshaw to be back next year and 2014 as long as both years are at about half the cap hit the deal currently calls for. Way to much money for a banged up guy that is clearly not the feature back starting next season

      •  JimStoll says:

        agreed
        but I’d go further and say cutting Bradshaw loose is no big deal
        Bradshaw never really developed into a great all-around back, and of course his injuries, lack of practice, and inability to ever become a receiving threat are well known
        Bradshaw looked good mostly in comparison to Jacobs who was another very limited back
        both Jacobs and Bradshaw had intangibles that made them valuable, but neither was a truly great back
        we had that in Tiki Barber for nearly 10 years
        we may have that again in Wilson, and A. Brown looks to be a far more talented runner than Bradshaw if healthy
        I would not be surprised to see Bradshaw released outright

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    JR on the fan mentioned that TT if he comes back might get a look at safety. Given we have already said about tendering Stevie Brown it doesn’t sound good for the prospects of keeping KP.

  5.  Dirt says:

    I think I’ve been misrepresented somewhat as a hater of Bradshaw and Hixon. The fact is, they’re two of my favorite players of the last 6 years.

    After all, if your ineptitude is the exclusive reason the team drafted the great Hakeem Nicks in the first round in 2009 and your unfortunate injury led to the rise of Victor Cruz, both of which gave us the latest championship run, you are a valuable player. And if you can never stay healthy and Reese has to ignore holes at linebacker and offensive line and defensive tackle to take a star running back in 2012, that’s awesome!

    Hixon and Bradshaw, 2 of my favorites.

    Tynes? Yeah, I don’t like him though.

    •  Eric S says:

      Given that Nicks has missed 9 games in 4 seasons and really should have missed more this year as he was essentially useless trying to play through his injuries and given the complex scheme we run, having a vet like Hixon, whom Eli trusts and can contribute on ST is valuable. He won’t command much money. I think you could easily keep him for $1 – $1.5 million. Barden and his $1.4 million cap hit this year is gone. That money can go to Hixon.

      Bradshaw can go. Love his fire and passion but he’s always banged up and his vision is questionable. Some are impressed that he rushed for 1000 yards. I’m not. He averaged 72.5 rushing yards/game. Hardly irreplaceable. He’s overrated as a pass blocker. Don’t believe me? Go back and watch him blow his assignments against Baltimore. He’s not that great of a receiver either. According to Spotrac.com his cap hit next year is $5.25 million ($3.75 million base salary). Way too much for a position so easily replaced. With Wilson waiting to take over and Brown a cheaper (and better) option I say thanks for the memories Ahmad. See you and Jacobs at the reunions.

      •  JimStoll says:

        agreed on bradshaw
        Hixon will stick as depth, but he’s nothing more than that as this year showed
        since barden is a bust, jernigan looks like a bust, and we let Douglas go, the entire receiving corps right now hinges on Nicks’ health
        given that he’s never played an entire season healthy, I think this pushes JR to draft a receiver in Round 2 if the value is there

    •  fanfor55years says:

      LOL.

      But, a bit of an exaggeration, don’t you think?

      Hixon was NEVER thought to be capable of being a #1 receiver. Never, by anyone. They drafted Nicks because they needed a stud WR, not because Hixon “failed”. And no one (coaches or any of us) could have known what Cruz would do when he got his chance. Hixon played well as the #3 receiver before being hurt. It worked out well, but who knew?

      Same goes for Bradshaw. He wasn’t drafted with the thought that he’d be the bell-cow for the running backs, and was ALWAYS expected to be a complementary back. As Jacobs declined he became more than they hoped he could be in that respect, even though his injuries undermined him. But as we will all see in time, when you have a chance to get a game-breaker like David Wilson, it wasn’t Bradshaw’s failings that led to Reese pulling that trigger. Had Bradshaw had a terrific 2011 they’d still have drafted Wilson because it was obvious that Bradshaw was not going to be able to be a game-breaker any longer and the Giants’ offense needed one among the running backs to reach maximum potential.

      But we’re just not going to agree about these guys, or Tynes (everyone wishes his leg was 10% stronger, and seemingly everyone forgets what it’s like to have an unreliable placekicker). I might agree with you if his price gets too high, but if it isn’t about money give me Tynes over most kickers in the league and college.

      •  Dirt says:

        Haha yeah, a bit of an exaggeration. I cheer when Hixon and Bradshaw make plays. I’ve got no beef with either of them really, more so with the coaches who play them over the pups. Unless, of course, Wilson and Randle really only did learn how to play NFL football in the 6 days between the Baltimore and Philly games.

        But the cap makes you have to be cold. And I like contributions from others better.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    They will draft a receiver.

    Jernigan is not a bust. He’s just behind Cruz, who may be one of the two best slot receivers in the NFL.

    They should think hard about extending Bradshaw into a two-year deal (spreading the cap hit) and paying him $2.25MM in 2013 (and about the same in 2014). That should take his cap hit down to $3.0MM per annum. Not too bad for a #2 (or 2A) running back. He’s still productive and averages more than 4-yards-per-carry. And he IS an important leader on the team.

    •  JimStoll says:

      can’t say I agree on Jernigan
      seems like the same discussion everyone has had for years about Beckum, and before that sinorice Moss
      when you get to season 3 and you’ve played maybe 5 snaps, things ain’t lookin’ too good
      maybe in a different system on a different team with different personnel he succeeds, but here is is a depth guy only who sees time only if Cruz is injured
      not someone you plan your future offense around

      as for Bradshaw, even 2M+ is too much for a guy who should be your No. 3 back next year
      he should be released

      •  nick86 says:

        Jernigan stinks. … Guys who dont get on the field for 3 seasons after being a fairly high draft pick dont pan out. He’s atleast 5th on the depth chart heading into next year if Hixon is back…

        Im not so sure he’s any better than barden, which is sad enough in its own right.

    •  Levito says:

      Bradshaw already has 2 years left on his deal. 3.5MM in 2013, 4MM in 2014. Not sure he’d be willing to cut the next 2 years in half.

      Then again, the RB market is very soft.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    The more I think about it Bradshaw is probably gone due purely to money. Many of us have called for Webster and Canty to be cut and/or restructured. But they both hold leverage because those are 2 of our weakest positions. So while we can same some on their current 2013 figures I wouldn’t expect big savings. And if either is cut the replacement cost for either or both players will not be cheap. Boley is a player that could be cut to save some money but some of the money will be re-invested in Blackburn and/or Rivers. If not then similar money will still need to be invested in replacements. The money we save on Diehl will be re-invested with more back into Beatty and Boothe. Bennett will probably get a raise. And the money we save on KP from 2012 will be spent on the tender for Stevie Brown. Osi will save us some money but his money will be used for Beatty and extended players like Cruz, Nicks, JPP and/or Joseph. Really there are not many positions where we can really save money and not have to invest similar money to find a replacement. So now I’m thinking Bradshaw will be gone.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I don’t think Webster has any leverage at all
      he was dreadful this year and is due 7M next
      he could be released outright regardless of the hole it leaves
      he does not deserve to be the third highest paid player on the team
      he’s worth about 3M right now

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Aaron Ross signed a 3 year 15 mil contract last year. Webster even off of last year given his history and not being overly old is till worth 5 mil on the open market. CB is not RB. Bradshaw is the player without leverage but both Webster and Canty have more leverage than you think.

        •  JimStoll says:

          let’s bet now — either Webster renegotiates down to the 3 to 4 range or he’s released
          the fact that the Jags over-paid for Ross won’t compel Reese to keep Webster as the third highest paid player on the team
          plus, the guy stinks in Fewel’s system
          he’s a man guy
          he can’t play the soft zone stuff that Fewel loves

          •  Levito says:

            Someone will pay Webster if the Giants won’t. There’s a lot of team with way worse CBs than Webster was this year. Detroit, Miami, Tennessee, Oakland, Washington are the first 5 that come to mind.

            •  JimStoll says:

              Washington?
              you mean the team that shut us down 2x’s?

              •  Levito says:

                Who cares if they shut down the Giants? So did Baltimore. Both teams have terrible pass defenses, and are in need of CBs. Plenty of teams would pay for Webster. I just hope they can reduce his salary to a reasonable level and keep him. And Fewell needs to realize Prince is better than Webster at this point.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            Ok so you get rid of Webster and then what? You need another CB and rookie is likely not ready to pair with 2 other young CBs. So you’re back trying to sign another vet much like Webster and paying probably about 5 mil for his services.

        •  Valid says:

          Unlike Webster, though, I still think Canty has plenty left in the tank. His problem is whether or not he can stay healthy. When he is right, he is one of the most disruptive forces in the league.

          The other problem with Canty is that he is a lean DT rather than a massive one and doesn’t take up enough space to consistently stuff the run. If he is allowed to move around on the line though and play DE in some spots, he could be absolutely lethal.

          That’s another reason why bringing in another DT would be huge. It would give us the opportunity to play Canty on the outside at points and give Tuck some rest. I’ve said several times that I think the key to making Tuck productive again is making him a part of a rotation. Having Canty play on the edge at times will allow the Giants to do that.

          Sure, it would be nice for Canty to restructure, but I’m not going to lose any sleep if we don’t. I expect him to have a year next year similar to the one he had in 2011 where he was an absolute monster.

          •  JimStoll says:

            really, Canty was a 3-4 DE that we converted to a DT
            with Dallas, for whom he never missed a game, he played the role of tackle gobbler on the edge so the LBs could attack the QB
            he did a tremendous job last year, and in 2010 as well, of converting to a more traditional DT
            but he’s not really a run stuffing DT
            and who knows how badly that knee is injured
            what did he play? 7 games this year?
            at 6m+ that’s about 900k per game

          •  nick86 says:

            Most disruptive forces in the league? A little bit of an exageration. More of 3-4 end than a 4-3 DT.

            When I hear the phrase most disruptive force in the league I think of guys like justin smith

            •  Valid says:

              There is absolutely no question in my mind that Canty was one of the best defensive linemen in the league in 2011. Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            When Webster is right he’s a good number 1 CB. But both players last played any really good football in 2011. I don’t think you know what either player has left. Look at Newman. He looked completely doen last year but this year look like a good player.

            •  Valid says:

              I hope you’re right, but it seemed like Webster had lost more than a step this year. Looked like he lost two or three. Canty, on the other hand, came into the lineup late in the season and was never able to get into any kind of consistent rhythm outside of that MONSTER game at Dallas.

  8.  nick86 says:

    RAndom thought. This has been mentioned by several posters and I’m not buying it.

    The whole idea of Cruz taking a discount for the “marketing opportunities” that NY offers is bullsh*t. This isn’t the 1950s… Guys are just as big of stars in Houston, Minnesota, etc. IF you produce at a high level, and are on a good team thats all the exposure you need…

    The kid is prob losing money on this horrendous clothing line…he’ll need every penny he can get. Didnt these guys watch the ESPN 30 for 30 special, “Broke”

    Pretty much one of the few things I ever agree with Francessa on…

    No way Cruz comes back for a penny less than what A. Brown got. I dont care really care about the RFA situation. I also dont think this kid is going to make the mistake of publicly battling the franchise like Osi did or Wallace did in Pitt.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Well yes and no. Cruz does have extra oportunities in NY that he wouldn’t have elsewhere. He from the NY area. Producing a high level isn’t all you need. Take Jermey Lin for example. He still has many opportunities to make money off the court but if you think it’s the same as NY then you’re crazy. Basically, the idea that I agree with is it’s worth to leave maybe 500k a year on the table to be in NY. It’s not worth 2 mil a year but being in NY does mean something.

      •  nick86 says:

        I disagree. And I live 30 minutes outside of the city. So im not hating on the trisate area. I just happen to believe that theory gets very overplayed.

      •  nick86 says:

        Not sure if Lin is a fair comparision. Lin’s success was the perfect storm of a basketball starved city, Carmelo being out and then becoming the bad guy, and a ton of success in a very short period of time. Lin’s biggest moneymaker is prob. being one of the few representitives of the asian culture in the nba…

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I’m not saying his marketing is as big as Lin but there’s something about his flair in NY. Also, the money he can make in appearances on the social scene is something most cities can’t offer. Star wise on this team he’s right behind Eli.

  9.  GeezUp says:

    Still no news of some pitiful offense like the Bears snagging our offensive mastermind Kevin Gilbride?!?

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    Ok so you get rid of Webster and then what? You need another CB and rookie is likely not ready to pair with 2 other young CBs. So you’re back trying to sign another vet much like Webster and paying probably about 5 mil for his services.

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