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Ahmad Bradshaw preps for free agency by changing agents

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Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be a free agent when the lockout ends.  And while it seems that the lockout may never end, Bradshaw is thinking ahead by making a change in agents.

Previously represented by Craig Domann, Bradshaw has hired Drew Rosenhaus.

Bradshaw, a seventh-round draft pick in 2007, emerged as part of the “Earth, Wind & Fire” trio headlined by Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward.  In 2008, Jacobs and Ward each rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

In 2009, Ward left as a free agent and Bradshaw became the alternative to Jacobs.  In 2010, Bradshaw became the top dog, starting 11 games and rushing for 1,235 yards.  Jacobs gained only 823 yards.

Bradshaw, who has four years of service, may or may not be an unrestricted free agent when 2011 begins — if it ever begins.  The Giants have extended to Bradshaw a first-rounder RFA tender, but the next set of rules may permit players with four years of service to become unrestricted free agents.

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15 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw preps for free agency by changing agents”
  1. bluefan204 says: May 21, 2011 12:27 PM

    Dump Jacobs, keep Bradshaw. It simply doesn’t get any easier than that. He is a MUCH bigger threat, and he keeps his mouth shut.

  2. geeeeemen says: May 21, 2011 12:35 PM

    I’d have to think the Giants will do everything they can to keep Bradshaw. FA hasnt started, but I doubt the Giants have the $ to go after Deangello Williams. And by only drafting a RB in the 7th round, Giants need to re-sign Bradshaw.

  3. berniemadoffsides says: May 21, 2011 12:35 PM

    Something tells me the Giants aren’t going to let him go.

  4. ronnie89 says: May 21, 2011 12:47 PM

    Come to Denver!

  5. thesmiteofthewicked says: May 21, 2011 12:49 PM

    bluefan204:

    Except he’s not. Jacobs averaged 5.6 YPC, and unlike Bradshaw, didn’t wear down completely at the end of the year.

  6. bw82b says: May 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    no chance we can let him go gmen,if he could’ve cured the fumbilitis last year this would be a much easier decision.

  7. denverhighrize says: May 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    Tough to find a solid back like him around…he’s staying.

  8. bigdinla says: May 21, 2011 1:07 PM

    Please let the Giants resign this guy to a big money deal. He averages 3-4 missed games a year.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: May 21, 2011 1:33 PM

    @ bigdinla:

    He’s missed 6 games in 4 seasons… I have no clue where you’re getting your stats, 4 of which were in 2007.

    If we thought we’d lose AB, we would’ve drafted a guy like Mike Leshore in the 2nd. Jacobs has 1 more year in NY, tops. I’m 99% sure Bradshaw will be a Giant for many years to come.

  10. rajbais says: May 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    Of course, DREW ROSENHAUS!!!!!!

  11. bluefan204 says: May 21, 2011 4:35 PM

    thesmiteofthewicked says: May 21, 2011 12:49 PM

    bluefan204:

    Except he’s not. Jacobs averaged 5.6 YPC, and unlike Bradshaw, didn’t wear down completely at the end of the year.

    5.6 YPC doesn’t mean squat. Look how many times he gets caught behind the LOS for a loss because he’s back there tip-toeing, instead of steamrolling straight ahead, like a guy his size should do. 5.6 is an inflated number because he had a few big runs. I dont HATE him, but he’s not going to have a long career, and he can’t keep his big mouth shut. As soon as that helmet went flying into the stands in Indy, I was done with him.

  12. kujonicus says: May 21, 2011 8:00 PM

    bluefan,

    Bradshaw gets caught from behind all the time, and he typically coughs up the football while being tackled by some free safety in the process.

    Also, it appears that many, including geeeemen, have forgotten that the Giants have had great success of late with using guys who were either undrafted or mid-to-late-round draft picks. Since 1997, when the Giants drafted Tiki Barber in the 2nd round, the highest draft pick we’ve ever used on the RB is a 4th on Jacobs; Bradshaw was a 7th in 2007; Ward was drafted by the Jets in the 7th round in 2004; DJ Ware was an undrafted free agent.

    So I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Da’Rel Scott, a guy who many forecasted to be drafted somewhere in the 4th-6th range. He’s fast, shifty, has good hands and, most importantly, is CHEAP! Bradshaw is not an elite back in the NFL; he’s a very good back who has a chronic injury history and a serious fumbling problem. And for those of you who are already gearing up your “Coughlin fixed Tiki’s fumbling problems” line, I’d just say that Bradshaw has been here for 4 years, and is every bit as fumble-prone as he was on Day One. Same with Jacobs. So, while the problem is entirely fixable, neither Jacobs OR Bradshaw seem willing or able to take the simple steps necessary–HOLD THE BALL AT A 90-degree ANGLE AT ALL TIMES– to alleviate the problem.

    Thus, when Bradshaw and his new agent try to squeeze the Giants for booku bucks, Reese ought to smile and say “We wish you well!”

  13. clk320cpe says: May 21, 2011 8:50 PM

    @kujonicus

    Think you are forgetting Ron Dayne – 11th pick overall 2000 draft by the NYG.

  14. kujonicus says: May 22, 2011 5:40 AM

    clk320cpe,

    You’re right. I have purged my mind and heart of all traces of remembrance of Ron Dayne. Can you blame me? Isn’t he pretty much the embodiment of my above argument regarding over-valuing a running back?

  15. bluefan204 says: May 23, 2011 2:58 PM

    kujonicus says: May 21, 2011 8:00 PM

    So I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Da’Rel Scott

    Haven’t dismissed anyone, especially not Scott. My point was, I’d take Bradshaw over Jacobs any day of the week because I like his game and how he handles himself. Thats all I said from the get-go.

    Good post though.

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