Posted February 06, 2013

Ahmad Bradshaw release shows Giants going all-in on David Wilson

New York Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw's best season came in 2010, when he had 1,549 total yards and eight touchdowns. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Ahmad Bradshaw’s best season came in 2010, when he had 1,549 total yards and eight touchdowns. (Kathy Willens/AP)

The New York Giants have done little to disguise their belief that David Wilson can be a No. 1 back — GM Jerry Reese said early in January that Wilson is capable of “lead dog” status — and they backed that stance Wednesday by releasing Ahmad Bradshaw, as first reported by Pro Football Talk.

The Giants also released defensive lineman Chris Canty, according to multiple reports. Canty was due more than $6 million next season and played in just nine games in 2012.

Bradshaw, meanwhile, was set to make $3.75 million in 2013 and another $4 million in 2014. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweeted that Bradshaw’s release will save the Giants $2.75 million next season.

In theory, Bradshaw could return to the Giants for a lesser sum, but he’s likely to find a better deal than New York can offer on the open market. That’s even after undergoing another surgery on his right foot, this time to insert a screw, just prior to the Super Bowl. Bradshaw is expected to be sideline for at least two months, though that still puts him in line to be at 100 percent for training camp and the preseason.

Bradshaw accumulated more than 7,000 total yards in his six-year Giants career, including 1,260 (1,015 rushing, 245 receiving) in 2012. However, the Giants spent a first-round pick on the versatile Wilson, and he flashed some of his potential en route to leading the league in kick-return yardage.

Wilson saw only 71 carries in his rookie campaign — two fewer than Andre Brown, who found a role as a short-yardage and goal-line back.

The physical Brown, who’s in the midst of recuperating from a broken leg, is a restricted free agent. Should the Giants bring him back, he and the shifty Wilson could essentially reprise the roles played by Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs on New York’s 2012 Super Bowl team.

Bradshaw’s release certainly constitutes an end of an era in the Giants’ backfield, as well as a gamble on Wilson’s potential.

Bradshaw should be able to latch on elsewhere, though at 26 years of age (he’ll be 27 in March), he already has had multiple surgeries on both feet. That fact alone could scare some teams away, but Bradshaw’s dual-threat ability out of the backfield will make him an intriguing option for a number of teams.

The Giants, however, are ready to move forward without Bradshaw, meaning that Wilson should receive more than ample opportunity to prove his worth next season.

12 comments
john15
john15

peewee reese is a f'in idiot.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @john15

 I guess any "f'in idiot" can build 2 Superbowl winning teams in 4 years

Joseph F
Joseph F

HUGE mistake! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Daddy1
Big Daddy1

This is Reese's way of forcing Coughlin to play Wilson. Bradshaw many times did not follow blockers for bigger gains. Way too much trying to cut back. That worked when the defensive players where slower years ago, they are too fast now. You need north-south runners. Plus running backs have a short life span in the NFL, they get a lot of hits. I wouldn't waste a first round pick on one unless he is outstanding and has the ability to break a long gain every time he carries the ball, Wilson can. Plus do not discount Joe Martinek and the return of Da'Ral Scott. I also expect a latter draft pick on a RB. If they want another Jacobs type Le'Von Bell can probably be gotten in the 4th round like Jacobs. Although taller backs that run straight up have short shelf lives in the NFL. Brown is injury prone and I don't expect the Giants to resign him. More cuts are coming and more surprises. The Giants have to get down on their cap. They are two drafts and free agent classes away from having a dominate team again. Jerry Reese knows what he is doing and I trust him much more than the coaches.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Big Daddy1

 Wilson's issue was never his talent as a ballcarrier. Fumbling didn't help, but he didn't get playing time because most new RBs have trouble understanding pass protection. Manning took some stupid sacks because of Wilson. It's a pass first league and RBs have to be versatile enough to contribute as a blocker and receiver now.

stagger
stagger like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @M as in Mancy  @Big Daddy1Ding! Ding! There are more than enough talented players to run the ball. But, if you're a liability in pass protection, you won't make it...

 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @stagger  @M as in Mancy  @Big Daddy1

 Great call man. Pro offenses are doing away with the FB while college offenses have power scheme with a FB for pass blocking or the RB stays in for the spread attack. Very very few guys come out with NFL ready pass protection skills.

geoAZ
geoAZ like.author.displayName 1 Like

As a Giant fan of 57 years, the business of football s*cks, Bradshaw was a main-stay of the Giants and an easy guy to root for, and Canty and Boley, cut earlier, appeared to be integral parts of the "D", but it's hard to criticize Reese, who is one of the top GM's in all of sports...but I still don't have to like it !! 

help4mac1
help4mac1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Bummer. I thought Bradshaw could evolve into a great 3rd down back. And I think he has a future in coaching. 

Still it could be worse. He's a 2-time Super Bowl champion.