Earlier today at Giants 101, we reported that the departure of running back Ahmad Bradshaw was imminent. Although our report proved correct, the team made another significant move today as well. The New York Giants have cut both Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty. Both saw their production decline in 2012, as the team bringing in younger talent to push them on the depth chart.
Bradshaw rushed for 1,000 yards for the second time in three seasons in 2012. However, his chronic foot issues have kept him out of six games over the last two seasons. Bradshaw was an integral aspect of two Super Bowl championships with the Giants and he will undoubtedly be remembered in a positive light for his six-year stint in Blue. It's still possible the team offers him a short term deal at below market value to return. However, Bradshaw is still a productive No.2 running back in the NFL and will likely find a team wiling to pay him more than the Giants.
Head coach Tom Coughlin recognized Bradshaw for all he brought to the team throughout his career in an interview with Giants.com.
"Ahmad Bradshaw was drafted 250th in a class of 255 and to excel and to perform the way that he has, and to accomplish what he has, is a great tribute to him,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He is not only an exceptional football player, but he is the epitome of line up and play. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s going to give you everything he’s got. If you give the ball to him, he’s going to get every inch of what is there – and sometimes when it’s not blocked, he still gets it.”
Canty signed with the Giants in 2009 after playing his first four seasons as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. In his first three seasons with the Giants, Canty was a consistent presence in the middle who was able to create a pass rush from the interior. In 2011, he mustered up four sacks and 47 tackles, both career highs. However, after missing the first six games of the season due to a back injury, Canty was unable to stay productive in 2012.
Canty, who recently received the Thurman Munson award for outstanding philanthropic service, was spoken highly of by general manager Jerry Reese.
The Giants save $10 million of salary cap room by cutting Bradshaw and Canty. The team is now a projected $8.6 million under the salary cap for next season, with more restructures and cuts sure to come. Some of that money is going to be allocated to signing draft picks, but most of it is going help solve some major issues that held this team out of the playoffs in 2013.
The team also released defensive tackle Martin Parker. Parker was placed on the injured reserve during the preseason with a herniated disk in his back. The injury required surgery, which is usually a bad omen for linemen.
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