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Ahmad Bradshaw Open to Signing with New York Jets; Still Eyeing New York Giants Return

February 12th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The moment the 2012 season ended, running back Ahmad Bradshaw knew his time with the New York Giants was up. His contract was more than the Giants could afford, and the meeting to say goodbye was inevitable. However, few things last forever, and Bradshaw believes a return to Big Blue is possible. Despite that, he also understands the NFL is a business and a few other teams may come calling.

"In playing with the Giants, they had mentioned that there was a chance for me to come back. I'm always up for that," Bradshaw told 'NFL AM' on Tuesday. "Whatever, whoever needs me, whoever can use me. Whoever I feel that I can get a better chance of playing and helping which team. The New York Jets are a team that I've kinda been thinking about, just to stay home, not make a big move from New York. It's just right across the street from where I am now."

Numerous sources have already reported that Bradshaw is drawing interest from around the league, but there's been no confirmation the Jets are one of those teams. Still, given their running back situation, Bradshaw would actually make sense for them. Then again, he would also make sense for the Giants if he returned at a lower salary.

Having been down this road before, Bradshaw knows not to overvalue himself. He went into free agency in 2011 with dreams of striking it big, but that never happened and few teams were interested in signing a running back with chronic foot issues to a large contract. Two years later and that's not likely to change, and having watched his good friend Brandon Jacobs suffer with the San Francisco 49ers, #44 is more likely to accept whatever the Giants are willing to give him. Assuming, of course, they do come calling as the new league year draws nearer.

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20 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw Open to Signing with New York Jets; Still Eyeing New York Giants Return”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m surprised more players don’t make moves from the Giants to the Jet’s or vice versa. If you really like NY, it makes perfect sense if the other teams has a need for you position.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    re-post:

    Boy, to read Giants 101 today, between our comments and those of BloggingtheBeast, you’d think we’re headed for the #1-5 picks in April, 2014. We have NO defense. We will likely have a mediocre group of tight ends. We already know we need some reinforcements on the O-line. We don’t have a kicker worth the salary. We have a defensive coordinator who doesn’t have a clue.

    Things are bad. Really bad.

    But wait! We Do have Eli Manning. We DO have Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle. We DO have David Wilson and almost certainly Andre Brown. We almost certainly WILL have Will Beatty. We DO have a serviceable center in David Baas, probably have a decent guard in Kevin Boothe, DO have a still-decent guard in Chris Snee, and DO have some youngsters who will compete for playing time on the O-line.

    We DO have Steve Weatherford.

    And as for that horrible, terrible, hapless defense, well, we DO have JPP, we DO have Kiwi (who should play DE despite what some expert says), we DO have two promising young players in Tracy and Ojomo (and also have Trattou), we DO have a prototypical cover linebacker in Jacquain Williams and what I have been insisting is a good-looking Spencer Paysinger as potential WILLs, we DO have Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley (he will be an asset in 2013, not a liability) and Antrel Rolle (a stud), and we DO have Will Hill whom I think is going to “emerge” in 2013 as a fine safety and be a star by 2014. We also have some potential at DT even if it’s speculative.

    And perhaps most important, we DO have a great scouting group, Marc Ross, and Jerry Reese so we WILL have a fine draft and will probably pick up a player or two in UDFA as well.

    The Giants have problems. I’ve said I don’t think they’re a championship challenger in 2013. But they have no more problems than about 25-28 other teams, and they have the means to solve many of them. Before anyone starts losing hope for this season we should wait to see what we bring to camp. It will be very different from what we see now.

    I’m very much looking forward to the 2013 season because it begins the transition to a different team but still contains a core group of players who have rings and can still be around long enough to get more. It’s not exactly rebuilding-on-the-fly but it’s pretty close. That’s a very tough thing to pull off. It will be exciting to see if the Giants can manage that.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I agree with the “re-building on the fly” mantra that’s the best description of what we are doing. It’s more than reloading but it’s not the classic rebuild either. Also in losing possibly pretty high profile free agents like KP and Osi our 2014 comp picks will be fairly high. Add in possibly losing guys like Blackburn, Hixon, Rivers, Tynes etc and we really are going to have at least 2-3 comp picks next year.

      The key to this years success will be the young vets that haven’t really had to do much so far. Our 2nd-4th year guys really have to become the backbone of our team and not just a few stars.

      •  Krow says:

        Well yes, but the top comp pick is a 3rd rounder. And that’s only if someone signs a huge contract … then does well … and you don’t sign too many FAs yourself. More than likely we’ll end up with an extra 5th … or maybe a 6 and a 7. Something along those lines.

        We’re all reading tea leaves. Events could unfold in a number of ways. But we’re definitely looking at substantial change.

    •  Krow says:

      Yeah, this is one of those ‘prove it’ moments for Reese and his team. If they really are as good as we think then now is their moment.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Actually I think it’s a real test on our drafts our the past 3 years. While they have been credited for being good that is just mostly early round picks. 2013 will show if JR’s drafts really had the depth they seem to have.

      •  Dirt says:

        Kinda. It’s a prove it moment for his performance circa 2009-2010 – have the players he drafted and free agents he signed provided for an affordable and quality roster today?

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think your looking at it the wrong way. Today means nothing. It matters how they perform in 2013. We don’t know how players like Austin, Brewer, Williams, Robinson, Jernigan, etc will perform in 2013 today. So far it doesn’t look great but these players haven’t really played so we really don’t know. Players like Beatty, Joseph and MM overcame slow starts to be really productive. Even if you think none of these players can play it will take at least letting 2013 playing out to judge it fairly.

  3.  giantsfan says:

    So what are your guy’s expectations for next year in regards to defense.

    I am a bit disappointed they retained Perry Fewell. That is shocking considering our defense is the worst defense in NYG history for quite some time.

    I’m not sure what to expect defensively. They lost Osi, cut Canty and Boley. We’ll miss Canty. We don’t have anyone next to Linval. Austin is looking like a bust. Hopefully Kuhn can step up, but not sure if he’ll be in good health. Likely going to lose Phillips. Possibly webster, but unlikely. Not sure what to expect out of Tuck.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Krow says:

    “I think we need a “wake up and smell the coffee” moment when it comes to our defense. They were one of the bottom feeders against both the pass and the run last year. They showed no ability to stop anything. 3rd downs were a misery.”

    Boy do I agree, the last bit of talent is rapidly escaping this defense.
    I do understand FF55 saying the team is not on life support defensively.
    But it’s awful hard to deny the flaccid play of this unit going on two and a half years now.

    I know there are only a limited amount of impact draft picks. I also understand that an offensive lineman is a requirement. But I have to think that re-populating the “team” is a two year process. I am not putting up a white flag on the 2013 season while the confetti from the super bowl is still floating around.
    But being real and taking into account that Reese is awful damn good at his job, re-facing this ball club is not going to happen overnight.

    I do feel the team will be competitive. But to what extent I have no idea.
    Without the cap being favorable, I feel the best approach is to grab all the impact players you can, this draft cycle. And repeat in 2014. In the interim, the young players already drafted must be utilized.

    Unless there is some stud defender that will not be available until next year who is on Reese’s radar………..lets address DT/LB/CB and then find a sleeper OL.
    Next year when Beatty’s fate is determined, it will be time to go after a blue chip offensive lineman. Trust me, I feel it time to go after a OL now, but this defense needs help right now and next year too. IMHO

    •  giantsfan says:

      Let’s hope Tuck/Kiwi/JPP, along with newcomers Adrian Tracy and Ojomo rise and put NYG defense back on the map.

      Kuhn and Linval can clog the middle.

      Williams making impact plays. We need a MLB. I don’t believe in Herzlich so much…

      We need another safety to compliment Rolle. Brown is good, but he’s prone to giving up the big play every now and then. Maybe a year of experience will help him out more, but i’m sure he’ll have his mistakes. I expect Reese to pick up a veteran Safety.

      I don’t see TT doing anything. He’s been a great NYG while he was here, but time to move on TT. Be blessed you got the chance to play and play well. But keep your health and move on.

      Webster is on the decline. No one’s going to trade for him. We’ll be stuck with him for another year (at a reduced salary).

      Prince is solid but needs to stay healthy. Hosley should be better. I expect us to sign veteran CB.

      All in all, I believe we’ll pick up three average to above average veteran starters, possibly one star (I prefer LB, but predict a Safety, star CB will be too costly)

  5.  TuckThis says:

    We all know it’s generally the players and not the coaches when teams falter, but I’m sorry, I’m very disappointed the Giants retained Fewell. He either schemed for players he didn’t have or the players he had had no clue as to his schemes.

    I also felt during the season that some of the vets were no longer “hungry.” Winning a SB can certainly change your mind set. We will have to wait and see what the young guys can do because TC doesn’t sit his vets no matter how lousy they are so these guys had little opportunity to play.

    Lots of balls up in the air this off season. Let’s see what kind of juggler Reese turns out to be.

  6.  jfunk says:

    giantsfan – Fewell’s being kept shouldn’t be shocking. He’s actually succeeded pretty well at what he was brought here to do.

    Most of us hate the scheme, but it’s mostly been working as advertised. 2012 stats were 12th in points, 4th in red zone defense, and 3rd in turnovers. That’s pretty much the picture of “bend but don’t break and get a bunch of turnovers”.

    You may not like it (I certainly don’t), but the results are not because Perry Fewell is incompetent. That’s a successful campaign as designed. Imagine how much better it would look if we only had B+ performance at DT & MLB.

    Another thing to keep in mind about this defense going forward. It’s easier to be “OK” on defense with mediocre talent while running this scheme. Aggressive, balls to the wall style defense that we Giants fans know and love requires a lot more talent, lest it be mercilessly burnt. It’s been theorized by many that the Giants are deliberately building to be an offensive juggernaut at the expense of defense going forward. IF that turns out to be the case, Perry Fewell’s scheme is more appropriate for our future personnel than is a hyper aggressive scheme we’d all rather watch.

    •  giantsfan says:

      If that is the case, then that is just sad. But you may have a point.

      Sad to see the aggressiveness taken out of our defnese.

  7.  JimStoll says:

    Well, once again, the Giants remain consistently enigmatic.
    Who knows what kind of team they will be in 2013.
    We’ve lost several pieces, and look to lose more, but that’s happened before and it is not as if most of the lost pieces were particularly good last year anyway.
    We are just one full season removed from a championship but our defense has been bad far more than it has been good for 2 full seasons.
    Our offense produced better stats in the run game last year over the year before, but anyone watching knows that the 2012 offensive production was far worse than 2011 with Nicks hobbled, Manningham gone, and eli having a sub-par year
    We staggered home once again in 2012 (like so many other years) finishing with another mediocre 9-7 regular season record, and yet we blew away 6 temas, including GB and eventual super bowl combatant SF; we also got blown away 3x, including the the Supe champ Baltimore, who at the time was riding a 3 game losing streak and was just as precariously balanced as we then were.

    Heading into 2013 we continue for the 4th consecutive season to have serious concern with our O-Line; we may for the 3rd consecutive year be rolling over our TE; we don’t know whether Randal will develop (despite FF’s imprimatur); and whether Eli will play his best ball or something less won’t be known until the season progresses.

    Defensively, most have come to loathe Fewel’s approach; we are pretty sure we’ve lost Osi; the DT situation is a mess approaching a catastrophe; the LB unit looks to be what it has been for 12 solid years – nothing special); and the defensive backfield looks poised to take a final hit with the expected loss of KP.

    All that being said, we know some guys will play better than the year before; Wilson and Brown could be a truly dynamic running tandem if healthy; a healthy Nicks and the passing game should more closely resemble ’11 than ’12; we may be treated to diamonds in the ruff in Ojomo and Hill; and maybe we’ll catch an injury break in TT.

    Too soon to tell. About the only thing we know for sure is that no matter who is drafted it will take injury to the vets for them to see the field, and that by hook or by crook we will finish somewhere between 8-8 and 10-6 with lots of nail-biting heading into Week 17.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    UUT

  9.  rlhjr says:

    giantsfan, TuckThis, Jfunk and JimStoll

    It’s hard to agree with everybody, but somehow I do.
    And jfunk, I really want Fewell to vanish just like our pass rush has.
    But your bend without breaking point is valid.
    It’s also part of how the Ravens took out the 40 Whiners.

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