New York Giants: Big Blue Cuts Veterans Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants looks on during his game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, the Giants made their first release in Michael Boley.

On Wednesday, the Giants made two more releases, and they are both popular names.

According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, the New York Giants have released running back Ahmad Bradshaw.


Giants release Ahmad Bradshaw, per source with knowledge of transaction.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 6, 2013


Bradshaw is coming off a season where he rushed for 1,015 yards with six touchdowns, just the second time in his career that he hit over 1,000 yards.

The 26-year-old was drafted back in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft and made an impact late in the season and helped the Giants get to and win Super Bowl XLII.

Bradshaw scored the go-ahead six-yard touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI that helped the Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 back in February of 2012.

The running back was in the final year of his contract and was due $3.75 million, but with the team drafting David Wilson back in the first round of the 2012 draft and the emergence of Andre Brown in short-yardage situations, Bradshaw contract became expendable.

The other release on Wednesday was the release of defensive tackle Chris Canty, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger.


Giants have also released Chris Canty. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) February 6, 2013


Canty came over to the Giants in 2009 after spending his first five years with the Dallas Cowboys.

Canty missed seven games in 2012 due to having knee surgery after Super Bowl XLVI and missed the entire preseason, which was a reason why they signed veteran Shaun Rogers, who missed all of 2012 as well.

Canty's release isn't as big of a surprise due to the money he was owed in 2013, which was roughly around $6.5 million, a number which made him very expendable.

Canty is 30-years-old and has dealt with injuries in recent years, but I think will find work elsewhere on someone else's defensive line as veteran leadership.

Bradshaw at age 26 can definitely help another team and will definitely get other offers from teams who need running back help and depth.

If I am Corey Webster and David Diehl, I'd be worried that I am next to get released from the Giants, because they could be next.