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Jacobs and Bradshaw — Who Goes?

Although RB Ahmad Bradshaw is not currently under contract, and will be a free agent when a new CBA is reached, he will likely be the Giants’ top off-season priority. They will try and resign Bradshaw, however, they won’t use the Franchise Tag on him. The issue, however, is can you keep both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. The Answer: Probably not. While these two are best friends, even calling each other brothers, the Giants might not be able to keep both. Jacobs is due $4.65 million, none of which is guaranteed. If the Giants’ sign Bradshaw, which they likely intend to do, can they allocate that $4.65 million and probably about then some to Ahmad Bradshaw, assuming there’s a salary cap next season? You know Jacob’s isn’t taking a pay cut, and Bradshaw will be paid handsomely for a solid season. So who goes? Let’s take a look below:

Pros to Keeping Bradshaw: The young 24 year old had has his best season this year racking up 1,235 yards with 8 touchdowns on the ground. He also averaged 4.5 yards a carry, which is a great number. Although he had off-season surgery to clean up his ankle, he did last the entire season, something people weren’t sure he’d be able to do once he was named the starter during training camp. He did this all, in his first season starting. He also add’s value in the receiving game, catching 47 passes for 314 yards. He a solid blocker out of the backfield, too. If there is a new CBA and he’s a RFA then he’ll be cheap. However, he’ll likely be a UFA.

Cons to Keeping Bradshaw: Bradshaw had terrible fumbling woes, coughing up the ball up seven times, losing the ball on six of them. As a result of the fumbling woes, Bradshaw was delegated to the bench in favor of backup RB Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw’s health was also a problem, too. While he didn’t miss any games, his body began wearing down towards the end of the year and he wasn’t as effective. Although he’s 24, can he consistently last as a stater? He needed off-season surgery on his ankle again. He had both ankles done last year, too. Bradshaw started the year red hot, averaging 4.7 yards per carries in games 1-8 with six touchdowns. However, in games 9-16, he averaged a measly 3.8 carries with two touchdowns. Another sign of wear and tear.

Pros to Keeping Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs started the season on the bench but ended up taking the starting job by storm. Once he got the starting job, he never looked back. He had back-to-back 100-yard games and found the end-zone three times. He ended up rushing for 823 yards on the season with 9 touchdowns. He had a ridiculous number of 5.6 yards per carry. Imagine what he could do starting full-time, again.

Cons to Keeping Brandon Jacobs: He’s a pain in the rear end. When he wasn’t starting, he was pouting. He was fined $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands after a loss. On the last day of the season, Jacobs cursed off the media before leaving. He want’s to be starting. Make no mistake about it. If not in New York, then elsewhere. He’s due $4.65 million dollars next season. Not many teams would take on his big contract, though. Would the Giants’ cut him? Who knows. It also depends on the CBA.

There is a chance the Giants’ could keep both, but it’s unlikely. The Giants are at there best when they have two backs, a 1-2 punch, per say. Sometimes even a 1-2-3 punch. If they let one go, which they may, then they will look to draft one. The best scenario possible would be keeping both and keeping Jacobs a happy camper while paying Bradshaw. It’s very, very possible. We don’t know any parameters of anything right now without a new CBA. Time will tell my friends, time will tell.

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8 Responses to “Jacobs and Bradshaw — Who Goes?”

  1. Steve B. says:

    Gut feeling says keep Bradshaw, cut Jacobs. Bradshaw’s problems can be fixed, and Jacobs has been up and down in his career.

    Seeing as neither options will happen until a new CBA is reached, the draft will be a telling part into what the Giants are going to do. Do they keep both, possibly adding a 3rd back, or do they pick a workhorse?

    Dream Scenario, Dolphins take QB Newton, Mark Ingram falls to us, and we have a nice 1-2 punch of Ingram & Bradshaw (Now thats an impressive backfield).

    Side note: Shame Greenway got tagged, but there is a talented group of LB’s in round 2 and 3.

    • JW says:

      I think the GIants believe they can draft a running back later in the draft, or sign a free agent to complement one of the two, or both of them. One thing that’s very telling about Giants draft history is how they value RB’s. When’s the last time they’ve taken a RB in the first round? You have to go all the way back to 2000 when they took Ron Dayne. They like taking backs later in the draft.

      They took Andre Brown in the fourth round, Ahmad Bradshaw in the 7th round, they developed Ryan Grant on their practice squad but traded him and don’t forget they got Derrick Ward off the Jets practice squad, too. They can find these guys later in the draft, or sign a guy. They might even have a guy on their roster who can compete for a spot as the third guy. Is it D.J. Ware? What about RB Charles Scott? They happen to like him, too. The Giants are a 1-2-3 punch team ideally. However, they’d settle for a great 1-2 combo. I just don’t see them paying Bradshaw all that money, and draft Ingram so early, when they have more pressing needs. They could look for a LB, CB, OL or a DL in the first round.

      • Jason C. says:

        I’m a big Bradshaw fan, but agree that he really shouldn’t get paid all that much money. The guy’s great, but the problem with running a system like this is you have to let guys go when their time to get paid comes up, it happened with Ward and it might have to happen again with Bradshaw.

      • Steve B. says:

        Tiki Barber in 2nd round was a high pick.

        I think its not that the Giants have a bias against drafting a RB in the first round, I just think they go Best Player Available, and in recent years, there wasnt a RB who was considered BPA when they picked. Were rumors they liked CJ Spiller last year (went 9th or 10th overall to the bills)

        Giants have been good at picking RB’s in the later rounds, but if Mark Ingram is avil when they pick, and he is rated as BPA, i have a feeling they would strongly consider taking him.

        Kind of funny, but Hakeem Nicks has been compared to Michael Irving, Mark Ingram compared to Emmit Smith. I doubt Eli was compared to Aikman, but we might have a similar big 3 to win a couple championships.

        And this draft class has excellent value for LB’s and CB’s in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. And OL are the best prospect to groom in later rounds, because they usually just need work on technique, they are already big.

        It will definitely be interesting to see what the Giants do on draft day. And for the record I think Miami will pick Ingram, but you never know.

        • JW says:

          Steve: Tiki Barber was drafted in 1997, and wasn’t a first rounder, but I see your point. My point is they scout talent very well, they might try and test their luck in latter part of the draft. I don’t recall Eli Manning being compared to Aikman, who knows. The Giants’ more pressing need is on the OL and the LB’s, not RB. But all fair and valid points, they like the BPA and so do I.

  2. PC says:

    The Saints Just Cut Shockey?????Pretty Weird he can still play even though he has a Brandon Jacobs sort of attitude. Oh wait maybe thats what we need is someone to shake us up a bit?

    • JW says:

      PC: There is simply no way Shockey returns to the Giants. He burnt that bridge a long, long time ago. He was a major distraction and Eli was better off without him, and he’d agree, too. Shockey is injury prone and aging. The Giants’ won’t resign Kevin Boss and try and sign him, too. He won’t be back. Plaxico has a much better chance then Shockey does. Won’t even be a topic of discussion. He isn’t coming back.

  3. jeremy P says:

    Keep Bradshaw and draft Ingram. Then, trade Jacobs for a team of cheerleaders. GO GIANTS!!!

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