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?
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 NFL.com. 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?