Although RB Ahmad Bradshaw is not currently under contract, and will be a free agent when a new CBA is reached, he will likely be the Giants’ top off-season priority. They will try and resign Bradshaw, however, they won’t use the Franchise Tag on him. The issue, however, is can you keep both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. The Answer: Probably not. While these two are best friends, even calling each other brothers, the Giants might not be able to keep both. Jacobs is due $4.65 million, none of which is guaranteed. If the Giants’ sign Bradshaw, which they likely intend to do, can they allocate that $4.65 million and probably about then some to Ahmad Bradshaw, assuming there’s a salary cap next season? You know Jacob’s isn’t taking a pay cut, and Bradshaw will be paid handsomely for a solid season. So who goes? Let’s take a look below:
Pros to Keeping Bradshaw: The young 24 year old had has his best season this year racking up 1,235 yards with 8 touchdowns on the ground. He also averaged 4.5 yards a carry, which is a great number. Although he had off-season surgery to clean up his ankle, he did last the entire season, something people weren’t sure he’d be able to do once he was named the starter during training camp. He did this all, in his first season starting. He also add’s value in the receiving game, catching 47 passes for 314 yards. He a solid blocker out of the backfield, too. If there is a new CBA and he’s a RFA then he’ll be cheap. However, he’ll likely be a UFA.
Cons to Keeping Bradshaw: Bradshaw had terrible fumbling woes, coughing up the ball up seven times, losing the ball on six of them. As a result of the fumbling woes, Bradshaw was delegated to the bench in favor of backup RB Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw’s health was also a problem, too. While he didn’t miss any games, his body began wearing down towards the end of the year and he wasn’t as effective. Although he’s 24, can he consistently last as a stater? He needed off-season surgery on his ankle again. He had both ankles done last year, too. Bradshaw started the year red hot, averaging 4.7 yards per carries in games 1-8 with six touchdowns. However, in games 9-16, he averaged a measly 3.8 carries with two touchdowns. Another sign of wear and tear.
Pros to Keeping Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs started the season on the bench but ended up taking the starting job by storm. Once he got the starting job, he never looked back. He had back-to-back 100-yard games and found the end-zone three times. He ended up rushing for 823 yards on the season with 9 touchdowns. He had a ridiculous number of 5.6 yards per carry. Imagine what he could do starting full-time, again.
Cons to Keeping Brandon Jacobs: He’s a pain in the rear end. When he wasn’t starting, he was pouting. He was fined $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands after a loss. On the last day of the season, Jacobs cursed off the media before leaving. He want’s to be starting. Make no mistake about it. If not in New York, then elsewhere. He’s due $4.65 million dollars next season. Not many teams would take on his big contract, though. Would the Giants’ cut him? Who knows. It also depends on the CBA.
There is a chance the Giants’ could keep both, but it’s unlikely. The Giants are at there best when they have two backs, a 1-2 punch, per say. Sometimes even a 1-2-3 punch. If they let one go, which they may, then they will look to draft one. The best scenario possible would be keeping both and keeping Jacobs a happy camper while paying Bradshaw. It’s very, very possible. We don’t know any parameters of anything right now without a new CBA. Time will tell my friends, time will tell.