Giants part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw

Reuters

Well, apparently there’s a roster spot open in New York for Brandon Jacobs.

The Giants have released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The move comes as Bradshaw’s base salary moves from $3 million to $3.75 million, and as 2012 rookie first-rounder David Wilson has shown he’s capable of holding onto the football — and in turn the starting job.

In recently acknowledging that he has undergone another foot surgery, Bradshaw acknowledged that he could be released in favor of a Wilson/Andre Brown combination.

Bradshaw, a seventh-round draft pick in 2007, was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams.  He rushed for 1,050 yards in 14 games last season.  His career high came in 2010, when he gained 1,235 yards.

As a vested veteran, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

98 responses to “Giants part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw

  1. This bites.

    The guy gives the heart and soul with one foot for how many years?

    The run in Buffalo is an all time favorite play. (up there with Simms to Johnson).

    Good luck AB, you will always be a Giant legend…

  2. Brown is the starting back, Wilson is kick returner and #2 back. Giants probably don’t want to burn Wilson out by having him as KR and starter, because they don’t want to give up that kickoff field position he provides.

  3. Good player for the Giants. Team leader who always plays with determination and fire. Played through a lot of pain and was a key contributor in 2 SB runs.

    Good luck AB, I always enjoyed watching you run the rock for NY!

  4. Wow surprised but not shocked. Thats a statement, I would look for Ray Rice to hit the market too. Chris Johnson Ray Rice and Ahmad Bradshaw all FA’s wow that’s gonna hurt their pocket book.

  5. Running Backs have a short shelf life and the end is usually abrupt. Hard to believe that Bradshaw is totally done, but with ‘foot’ problems acknowledged, his walk down the RB Plank is nearing its edge.

  6. Move makes sense, but man do I hate this as a Giants’ fan. Was always banged up and had some bad games, but this kid was an unheralded 7th round pick in the draft and played with the heart and toughness teams would have killed for.

    AB, I wish you all the best. Thanks for the memories, years of service, and physical sacrifice. I’m sure you’ll find a team and will be back on the field vs. the Giants in the near future, mad as hell and looking to prove them wrong.

  7. Sad that he even saw it coming. Was a valued member of the Giants and always played his hardest. He will be missed…

  8. Sad to see the guy go, he’s the heart and soul of that offense but it was time. Looking forward to the Wilson/Brown tandem this upcoming year.

    Also.. the ONE person on the Giants that needs to go is Gilbride! Let Eli take the Reigns of the offense

  9. Bad move! They make it hard on fans to like players cuz Ahmad was a emotional leader and no one runs hard as him besides AP! Wonder if this was too free up money too sign victor! Sad loss!

  10. STEELERS. Time to make a splash, Pittsburgh. Bradshaw immediately gives you attitude in the backdfield.

  11. big jets fan but you’d be a fool not to respect Ahmad Bradshaw. Guy came in the 7th round and immediately made a name for himself risking body and limb to power his way through tackles and pick up the tough yards. I think his best years are most definitely behind him but to call him anything short of a warrior would be inaccurate

  12. Did a great job for the Giants but the move makes sense. He’ll definitely improve whichever team he lands with. Not a Packers fan, but if they don’t make a play for him they’d be crazy. Good running back to go with great passing offence will make them more lethal than they already are.

  13. Maybe Dallas will pick him up and get rid of Felix Jones.
    This would also be a HUGE relief to Mike Jenkins. He would never have to worry about tackling this beast again.

  14. If they let a true warrior like Bradshaw go, you have to think Corey Webster and Chris Canty are as good as gone. It’s a shame but he will be a starter somewhere for sure. I just hope it’s not in the NFC East.

    And they’re willing to let Bradshaw go, I would be a bit nervous if I was Tuck.

  15. As a lifelong NYG fan, I’ve loved watching AB play, but this is the right move. Over the last few seasons, his body has become about as tough as a paper doll.

    For those of you on this board wishing he would come to your team, be careful what you wish for. He has tons of heart, but will miss 2-5 games a season.

    Good luck, AB! I’m rooting for you (as long as it’s not against your former team).

  16. As I die hard Giants fan, it’s time Bradshaw was gone. He has not been effective at all recently. Always hurt as well. I’ll always be thankful for the intensity and the fact that he was a key part on our championship teams, but we are better off now without him. Let the David Wilson era begin.

  17. Mr. Elway did you see this piece of news? I sure hope so!

    Loved Knowshon’s effort down the stretch, but the NFL is no place for Porcelain Dolls. Willis is great, but has been beat down and in the league a long time.

    This would be a great move IMHO.

  18. Ahhhhhh, loved the way bradshaw ran tough as nails, but also injury prone. huge part of both super bowls, will definitely be missed , but so is life in the business of the NFL. Thanks for the two rings bradshaw!!

  19. Chris Canty, Michael Boley and now Ahmad Bradshaw. He’s the biggest lost there. He was the heart and soul of the offense.

  20. As a die hard NYG fan we gonna lose alot of people we like on this squad..BUT… we need to trim the fat we spent alot of money on Offense & Defense last couple years and now the FAT needs to be trimmed!, We HAVE to go YOUNG! Thanks Bradshaw for all you done!! This little guy has alot of HEART! Its time for the young G-Men show!

  21. And the last part of the trio of Earth, Wind and Fire leaves NYC. Not a Giants fan, but I always like Bradshaw. He ran hard, and had a very successful career as a 7th round RB.

  22. Wow first major move of the offseason and could end up being one of the biggest period. I respect what Wilson brings but this would be like the niners cutting Gore because Hunter and James can run it good. When they are still highly productive you keep em. Especially since 3.75 isn’t exactly breaking the bank

  23. Ahmad,

    Call Hue Jackson (New RB Coach in Cincy) and come sign with us and he will help you play lights out! Plus you and BGE would be like the old “Thunder and Lightning” combo from years ago…55 Million and Mike will pay you the 3.75 you were expecting….Call him up!

  24. Don’t like this move. A true leader and comparatively speaking, not that expensive. Can Wilson and Brown hold up all season? Who fills the leadership void?

    Thanks AB for your time here. You’ll always be a Giant!

  25. i hope he comes to the JETS, so they can finally have a decent running back for once.

    At 26 he has at least 3-4 decent years left and although he is injury prone he played through alot of them and still been effective (100x more effective then of the jets rbs when healthy)

  26. Man, I think the Steelers might want to kick the tires here. Bradshaw is a hard-nosed effective runner, tough inside and a burst outside – that is, when his foot isn’t acting up. Get his foot right, and see if he wants to wear the Black & Gold. He would really scratch an itch for us – he’s our kind of baller.

    And we could even set an NFL record for the team with the most guys named Bradshaw.

  27. The way Brown and Wilson played last year, you know someone had to get axed and I guess it was Bradshaw. I would love for Bradshaw to come to SD…lord knows china doll Mathews will probably break again next year.

  28. No surprise with the emergence of Wilson I figured he was going to go. As a Giant fan I understand their thinking but I can see him coming back in the NFC east and haunting his old team. Good luck AB wherever you go and wear those two rings proudly you were a big part of those teams. Well miss you!!!

  29. AB remains the best blocking rb for 3rd down and long. That will be recognised and teams like Arizona will snap him up. Why aren’t we seeing Diehl being cut yet?

  30. Felix Jones is a free agent. Dallas needs another RB. Giant fan will be crushed if Dallas picks him up and he runs all over them. But who the heck cares about a Giant fan anyway?

  31. Ahmad Bradshaw made THE KEY play of Super Bowl 42. Without it, the Giants most surely would have lost. Do you all remember when Eli fumbled the ball somewhere around our own 20 yard line and a Pats LB fell on top of it all alone? It was essentially a clear cut fumble recovery for the Pats in the red zone. Until a nanosecond later Bradshaw leaped downward from about a yard away, driving and wedging himself between the ground and the Patriot player twice his size. He wrested the ball away, mano y mano, and by the time the geriatric side judge arrived on the scene it was Giants ball with only a loss of a couple yards and down. One of the greatest plays in all Giants history. Sadly unheralded. Sorely missed. A warrior and a beast.

  32. bradshaw doesnt have 3-4 good years left–u people are nuts. hes only 26 and has had major surgery every year on his feet–not foot for u brain surgeons thats feet like both of them.

  33. Bradshaw a leader?? What are you guys talking about? He partied all the timeeeee, he was nott a team player. He constantly let pass rusher by, fumbled in key games and was always injured. He’s done and I’m happy to say bye. Like I said, Me and all my friends constantly saw him out partying before games and all during the season. AC and Hoboken, he was always out! He is super talented but he is not a good player for the G-men anymore.

  34. Loved his intensity, determination and fire. He gave 110% every time he carried the ball but he just had yet another foot surgery. Not sure if he has the physical ability to be a regular back and carry the ball 20 times a game. Jury is still out on Wilson but he is a much different RB than Bradshaw. He has an amazing burst of speed getting thru the whole but drops like a fly when he gets hit. Bradshaw, on the other hand, would carry 3 players on his back and keep pounding forward. I wish RB luck……just not against Blue.

  35. Come to Oakland. McFadden’s in the last year of his deal and he won’t make it past week 6. We can rest you and your feet until week 7, and maybe between the two of you, we’ll have a competent RB back there all season. No seriously, Oakland should take a hard look at this guy. Not a huge Giants fan, but it’s not hard to see how much Bradshaw meant to them.

  36. i hope he comes to the JETS, so they can finally have a decent running back for once.
    —————————————

    Ever heard of Curtis Martin?

  37. I bet he’s not regretting falling into the end zone for that TD at the end of the Super Bowl now !

  38. As a Cowboys fan this guy made me nervous. Even though he was injured often, he still gave you 110% of everything he had on the field. You can’t teach that. I think he has some few good years left. And he wouldn’t mind staying in the NFC East to show the Giants he still has it. Philly is set at RB. Redskins have backs but wouldn’t be surprised to see Shanahan take a look at him. I’d love him in Dallas. Felix should have been gone a long time ago. Murray will probably get injured again at some point and with Bradshaw, we wouldn’t lose the running game like we did with Felix in.

  39. AB gave us years of good memories and TWO SB rings for himself.

    He was as tough as they come, playing through pain each week. RBs are shortlived in the NFL but long-lived in the memories of fans. An era is over.

    It was a good run AB. Our best to you wherever you land, but you will forever be a GIANT amongst men.

  40. The Cowboys need to sign him now!! He’s only 27 and has 4 good years left. He’s a proven RB and that’s what the Cowboys need (that and 4 new o-line starter; and a new owner; and a better stadium).

  41. I love AB but man did holes close up much quicker for him this year. Unfortunately, I don’t see any team that will sign him. He’s not a pass catcher and he’s not dynamic enough as a bell cow (anymore). Could be another situation like Jacobs where he sits around all offseason and waits for the third round of FAs to be signed before he gets a call. His best option (like Jacobs last year) is to find a team playoff-ready that is missing a lockerroom voice and a “been there / done that” guy. That said, I see him as a perfect spell-back to Arian Foster or Knowshon Moreno. Hate to say it….he’s also a perfect fit to spell DeAngelo Murray (puked in my mouth a little right there thinking about #44 with a star on his helmet…)

  42. There probably aren’t many guys in the NFL that would want to fight AB. Dude is tough as nails and looks like he has some very heavy hands. I swear he almost knocked out Victor Cruz when he slapped him in the Helmet for not picking up a block.

    If there is a possibility the Giants can bring him back for less I sure hope they do.

  43. @kegrun. Atlanta Yes sir. Michael turner will be cut soon and I agree Bradshaw would be a great fit. Or one of the saints rb’s are gonna be cut with that crowded backfield. With Ingram, Sproles, P. Thomas and Ivory someone has to go. I think Chris Ivory is the odd man out and he would be a nice it too. Either Bradshaw or Ivory bring em

  44. This shouldn’t surprise any Giants fan. AB has been solid but his career is on the decline. To many injuries the past couple years. Feet and neck injuries have caused him to miss time. He was never a top tier RB. Solid but not great. Thanks for the years and memories. It’s just business.

  45. He wasn’t cut because he’s “declining”. He was cut to create cap space and can be resigned to a more cap friendly deal later. That’s what several February cuts are about annually.

  46. Man I’d love to have Bradshaw in the Steelers backfield. He would immediately fill several needs. The running game would once again be a threat which would slow down the pass rush on Ben. He would help the defense by keeping the other teams offense off the field. He would be close to the same age as Jerome Bettis when he went to the Steelers. If it’s doable it needs to get done.

  47. Heartbreaking for us Giants fans. AB is as much of a face for those two championship teams as Eli, Tuck, Strahan, et al. I know that teams need to move on, but I just hate to see AB go. he’s been the heart on this team. Nothing impressed me more than Bradshaw and Jacobs’ relationship — here’s two guys basically competing for time, and they’re both cheering each other on.

    Even this season, Bradshaw was there on the sidelines, waving a towel and cheering on Wilson and Brown — the two guys who just took his job. That says so much about him as a man and a player.

    Ahmad, thank you from Giants fans everywhere. You’ll always be a Giant to us, and I wish you good health and more well deserved success on your next team — I know you’ve got a lot more in the tank. Go get ’em, son!

  48. Bottom line is Jerry Reese is one of the brightest gms in football. He knows what he is doing with these cuts and he has been right time and time again when he lets guys go.

    Steve smith left and went to eagles, Reese got criticized and the. Found Cruz

    Kevin boss left for raiders, Reese critisized as then finds Ballard and now Bennett.

    Jacob let go to the 49ers, Reese gets Wilson and brown.

    And the beat goes on. Love Bradshaw but it was time and anyone thinking Wilson won’t be the start is crazy. We didn’t spend a FIRST round pick on. A guy to play special teams. It’s flips backfield to lose now but I do hope he cuts the backflips out.

  49. sad to see bradshaw go but it was time to move on. he had a really really good giants career and he was a great piece to our superbowls..one of the toughest players i watched as a NYG..guy was hurt every year with a new foot injury and he lined up damn near every week… good luck w the rest of your.

  50. I have to think the Giants will at least try to bring him back.

    He’s a truly special player, a throwback, a lunchpail type, true team player.

    Sometimes, you have to see past the numbers, having a guy like him on your team makes you better, no matter how much he actually plays.

  51. @MrWright – I don’t think the Giants are bringing him back under a more cap friendly deal. They would have asked him to take a pay cut first instead of exposing him to free agency.

    His value now is that he’s a grizzled veteran and a top flight pass protector. On occasion, he’ll give you that 20/100 game but not much more. If you look at our division, we desperately need to get younger, faster and more dynamic. Wilson/Brown totally fit that mold.

    Someone above mentioned Indy. I think that would be a perfect fit for him. They are young and can use that “been there / done that” guy.

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