Ahmad Bradshaw might be interested in the New York Jets, but the team doesn't have any interest in the former New York Giants running back. Ahmad Bradshaw admitted to thinking about playing for the Jets in a radio appearance this morning, but it has since been reported that the Jets are not interested in picking him up. The Jets do have room for another back, as Shonn Greene is a free agent.
The New York Giants cut Ahmad Bradshaw after six seasons with the team, needing to clear some salary cap space and with David Wilson emerging in their backfield. The Jets have two young backs looking for more touches in Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell, but a veteran presence would be welcome to take on some of the workload. That veteran presence won't be Ahmad Bradshaw.
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns last season. He finished 2012 on a high note, rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown, adding a 41-yard reception against the Philadelphia Eagles. It certainly doesn't look like he's running out of gas. If the Jets aren't interested, a return to the New York Giants is possible and Ahmad Bradshaw has made it clear he wants to stay in the New York area.
As reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
It's not clear why exactly the Jets are deciding to pass at this point. Ahmad Bradshaw has been very productive throughout his career and was solid once again behind an aging offensive line. It doesn't seem like the Jets would be that adamant about hanging on to Shonn Greene. Maybe they just don't view Ahmad Bradshaw as the right fit for their roster and shift in offensive philosophy.
That still leaves the Jets in need of another pair of legs at running back. Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell have plenty of promise, but a proven commodity would be a nice luxury. The Jets didn't use Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell to the extent most would have liked last season, so are they really ready to pass the torch to those two alone?
Ahmad Bradshaw is a steady, productive running back interested in playing for the Jets. For the possibility to be shut down so quickly is a bit of a mystery.