Ahmad Bradshaw has been cut by the New York Giants as the NFC East team continues to reduce its overloaded payroll. The Giants have also parted ways with defensive tackle Chris Canty.
Bradshaw and Canty were released Wednesday, just a day after linebacker Michael Boley was let go. In what promises to be a busy offseason at the MetLife Stadium, the team cut their starting running back and starting defensive tackle following a 9-7 season that saw the 2011 Super Bowl champions fail to reach the playoffs.
The creation of more cap space is also crucial to the Giants, who were reportedly $4.7 million over the salary cap for 2013.
With Ahmad Bradshaw cut from the roster, the Giants can expect to save $3.75 million in base salary this season. Canty was due to make $6.25 million this season, while Boley was due $4.25 million in base salary. Speaking to ESPN‘s Josina Anderson, Bradhsaw said his departure had felt inevitable:
“I saw it coming because of the money. Everything is about money I guess, so, yes, I was expecting it. I’m not discouraged at all. I’m just looking toward getting healthy and working with somebody else. That is all I can do. The Giants fans will always be remembered and always be loved. This is where I started and I just want to thank everybody for their support. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon.”
Bradshaw, Canty, and Boley were three key figures in the Giants’ Super Bowl run in 2011, but Bradshaw says a reunion may not be out of the question. Speaking in an interview on WFAN radio, the veteran RB said:
“[A future return] was mentioned. And there is always a door open on my side.”
26-year-old Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns this past season, but has a lengthy history of foot and ankle injuries. Most recently, he had surgery to have a screw replaced in his right foot, an operation that kept him sidelined for another eight weeks. However, Giants general manager Jerry Reese praised Bradshaw for his toughness and durability:
“Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I’ve been around. Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.”
Bradshaw leaves New York with a legitimate claim to being a Giants legend. The running back won two Super Bowl titles and after only six seasons ranks ninth on the team’s all-time rushing TDs list.
With Ahmad Bradshaw cut from the Giants roster, who would you like to see occupy his vacant spot?