Yesterday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the new CBA is likely to have the requirements for unrestricted free agency set at four-years instead of six like last year. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post looks at how this impacts the New York Giants and more specifically RB Ahmad Bradshaw who would have been a restricted if the league kept the requirements at six-years.
Schwartz mentions that the Giants will try to keep Bradshaw as well as Steve Smith and Kevin Boss but doing so will be much harder if Bradshaw is on the open market.
Bradshaw’s ability and versatility makes him a hot commodity and there are a number of teams that could use him. Another thing to consider is that Bradshaw actually has less mileage than the majority of running backs in this years free agent crop which should help increase his price tag. The Giants will have Brandon Jacobs under contract for the next two seasons but he’s a better compliment than a featured back. Bradshaw is holding the cards if he qualifies for unrestricted free agency which will leave the Giants with some tough decisions to make.