New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has proven his worth to the team over the course of the last two season. Despite some fumbling issues and some injuries, Bradshaw has been their most explosive running back since Tiki Barber.
Now comes the time when the teams front office has to make decision regarding Bradshaw’s future with the Giants. Bradshaw commented on his situation to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com.
“I talked to the Giants on exit day and they said I was a big priority for them to come back, I’m just letting them handle it. All I can do really is be ready for next year and be fully prepared.”
Despite the optimisum that he expressed regarding the Giants intentions to re-sign him, Bradshaw remains practical about the situation.
“I don’t think they’ll be able to finance both of us financially.”
Brandon Jacobs is already under contract for $4.65 million in 2011 and $4.9 million in 2012 so re-signing Bradshaw to a competitive will make for an expensive backfield.
The situation gets more interesting when you consider that teams are still not sure whether they will be able to use the franchise tag on their players. One other aspect that will have to be decided before both parties can begin negotiations is whether Bradshaw will be a restricted or unrestricted free agent. If the new CBA would leave players that have four years of accrued experience as restricted free agents, the Giants would be able to offer Bradshaw a more reasonable one-year tender rather than a franchise tag which is figured to be around $9.864 million.