Former Giants Star Ahmad Bradshaw Expresses Interest in Cross-Town Rival Jets
Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is in search of an NFL team this offseason, and he isn't opposed to joining forces with New York's other team, the Jets, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
So, we know Bradshaw has some interest in joining the Jets. The question is how does New York's other team feel about Bradshaw?
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News doesn't think the interest is mutual:
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Bradshaw said the following on NFL Network's NFL AM on Tuesday (via Rosenthal):
In playing with the Giants, they had mentioned that there was a chance for me to come back. I'm always up for that. Whatever, whoever needs me, whoever can use me. Whoever I feel that I can get a better chance of playing and helping which team. The New York Jets are a team that I've kinda been thinking about, just to stay home, not make a big move from New York. It's just right across the street from where I am now.
Bradshaw will turn 27 in March, but popular perception is that most teams will be wary of signing him based on his injury history. He missed two games because of injury in 2012, but still managed to rush for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns on 221 carries.
Although Bradshaw has played in at least 12 games in each of his first six NFL seasons, he has only played in all 16 regular-season games once since being drafted in the seventh round by the Giants in the 2007 NFL draft.
Which New York team would be the best fit for Ahmad Bradshaw in 2013?
If there's an argument for Bradshaw, it's that he's still relatively young by NFL running back standards. Plus, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards twice in the last three seasons. He also averages 4.6 yards per carry for his NFL career.
A future with the Giants seems unlikely at this point considering Tom Coughlin's squad has two other young backfield studs in David Wilson and Andre Brown, who both averaged five yards per carry last season.
The New York Jets, on the other hand, could use an experienced runner like Bradshaw. Rex Ryan's struggling club finished 12th in rushing offense in 2012 and received only four yards per carry from its top two backs, Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell.
Bradshaw would bring a different style of running to Gang Green. Also, as a past Super Bowl champion, the physical runner could provide a tremendous presence in the huddle and in the locker room for one of the league's more fragile units.
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