The New York Giants have reportedly released running back Ahmad Bradshaw, opening up an opportunity for teams in need of a competent veteran back to make him an offer on March 12 when the NFL season officially begins anew.
Per Pro Football Talk:
Giants release Ahmad Bradshaw, per source with knowledge of transaction.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 6, 2013
This comes as somewhat of a shock, since Bradshaw has been a highly productive player for the Giants—especially the past four seasons, totaling 3,687 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns in that time.
That said, this move is pragmatic, since the Giants face a tenuous salary-cap situation in 2013. According to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz:
Given the money the Giants had to distribute, they are not in terrible shape when it comes to gearing up for the 2013 season, but at the moment, they are $4.7 million over the projected salary cap, according to ESPN. It means the Giants have plenty of work to do in the coming months, especially because they have 22 of their own free agents to consider.
Bradshaw's old contract would've counted toward $5.25 million against the cap, and given the emergence of David Wilson and Andre Brown—both of whom make significantly less money—releasing the veteran makes sense for the Giants.
Although Bradshaw hasn't ruled out a return to the Giants (via NFL.com), it seems inevitable that he will being wearing new colors next season.
A 26-year-old veteran of six seasons, Bradshaw still has plenty to offer, so where will he end up in 2013?