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Bradshaw’s days numbered?

With the Giants heading into the off-season Giants GM Jerry Reese will have some tough decisions to make. One of his biggest decisions will be on starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who is scheduled to earn $3.75 million next season and $4 million the year after that. While Bradshaw has said the Giants have not came to him about restructuring his deal, they might. Heading into the off-season relatively healthy and coming off his second 1,000 yard season, why would the Giants look to move on from the 26 year old?

Are Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s days with the Giants numbered?

Well, for starters, the Giants believe RB David Wilson can become the “lead dog,” as Reese pointed out, and they’ll have RB Andre Brown back most likely, because he is a RFA. With Wilson and Brown, who could form a good duo, would the Giants look to shed salary at the RB position and cut Bradshaw? It’s certainty possible.

If they keep Bradshaw, they will have about $3.75 million tied into him, nearly $700,000 into Wilson and likely either a first round or second rounder tender on RB Andre Brown. In 2012, a player who required a first-round compensation got a tender (and cap number) worth $2.742 million, according to Second-round tenders were worth $1.927 million in cap and cash, and tenders that included the right to match were only worth $1.26 million. Assuming the numbers are around the same, If the Giants give Brown a 1st round tender, they’ll have $7,192,000 million tied into the RB spot for next season. If you added Da’Rel Scott’s $555,000 base salary, the figure bumps up to almost $8 million. The fourth running back will get a salary around that, so having about $8 million tied into the RB position is a large number. The number drops into the high six million figure if they tender Brown with a second round tender. The Giants won’t give Brown a tender of right to match, because they won’t run the risk of a team giving him a nice, multi-year contract. My guess is that they don’t and have a terrific trio next season.

Would you look to restructure Bradshaw’s contract, or cut him Gabbers?


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9 Responses to “Bradshaw’s days numbered?”

  1. […] With the Giants heading into the off-season Giants GM Jerry Reese will have some tough decisions to See all stories on this topic » […]

  2. PC says:

    I really can’t believe they would cut a guy who is coming off a 1,000 yd season and has true grit and heart and plays through pain like no one else. They will keep him at least another year. They would be crazy not to. Wilson is the future but its still not 100% certain. If Wilson went down next year we would easily go 7-9 next year. Bradshaw is the last leader we have on this team too and that has tremendous value.

  3. Brooke says:

    I think Reese re-structures.
    Ahmad gets moved to third down back.
    Saves his legs and feet.
    Lets Anrde and Wilson carry the load for the team.

    If he cannot accept this reality…I would cut him and save the cash.

    As much as I love Ahmad and his fire, he NEVER practices. For 2 years now he has been a PLAX practice guy.

    Thats no good.

    I think that Andre and Wilson could have put up 1,000 yards this year if given the same carries against the same teams.

  4. Jason C. says:

    A lot of people seem to dislike Bradshaw and I really don’t get it. His fumble problems from early in his career have dissipated while his blitz pick up and inside running have improved leaps and bounds, and for a guy who was heralded as a rookie, why would you dislike him now? The problem is the offensive line, I’d like to see it addressed EARLY in the draft, not with guys that will never see the field (*cough* James Brewer *cough*).

  5. Phil says:

    I get confused with many people talking about Bradshaw’s “injury concerns.” But yet, everyone wants Andre Brown back?? Brown had injury history in college and has missed the entire 2011 season and 6 games in the 2012 season. Do you know how many games Bradshaw missed in his 6 year career? 8 (if you don’t include the inactive games his rookie year). The dude is a fireball and plays with the intensity that we need.. Bradshaw, Brown, Wilson is a really good set of RBs.

    Keep him at a modest pay cut, but nothing insulting.

  6. chris says:

    Give Bradshaw his same salary but find a way to make it lessen the effect on the Giants cap. Give Brown a second round tender with rite to match because no one is going to throw a second round pick and a high salary for a RB coming off a knee injury, and if they do we get a second round pick where we could easily find a replacement. Wilson has had no injuries problems in his past and both Brown and Bradshaw have making all three necessary in our backfield especially if Wilson continues to return kicks.

  7. dave f says:

    Bradshaw is maybe the best pass protecting back in the NFL . keep him for a lower salary.

  8. DP says:

    Keep him, there is no certainty that TC will significantly increase the playing time of Wilson. So JR may envision Wilson as Lead Dog, however, no guarantee that TC is so inclined. Personally, I would love to see Bradshaw stick around as an ‘insurance’ policy for the RB position, so if he is willing to restructure for the team, go for it.

  9. Conner says:

    There is no way they should cut Bradshaw. I think that he should remain on the Giants roster for at least the beginning of the season to see how he does. But since they want to reconstruct his contract they should cut it down to 1 million and if they really don’t want him that much, then let him go mid season. Also, what happens if Andre Brown or David Wilson get hurt. Then they will only have one running back to rely on where if they have Bradshaw, they have three reliable, and skilled running backs to turn to.

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