The New York Giants have a terrific one-two punch at running back, but what happens when you take the one away from that combo?
Ahmad Bradshaw emerged as the team's starting running back pretty much at the outset of training camp in 2010, and while Brandon Jacobs made it known he wasn't happy about that, it was clear Tom Coughlin made the right decision.
Though he lost his starting title towards the end of the season due to fumbling issues, Bradshaw was still the workhorse back despite playing on surgically repaired feet.
Fully healthy in 2011, Bradshaw could emerge as a top five running back in the NFL.
Bradshaw told Sid Rosenberg on WQAM today that the Giants have the upper hand, but he's seriously considering the Miami Dolphins.
"Well it’s all in the Giants’ hands," Bradshaw said. "I love New York, I give them the upper hand. It is all about a business, it is a business. I take it very seriously where I want to be. I love New York and would love to stay there but then the money factor comes in."
Bradshaw had 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season with a major role, so he obviously deserves a decent contract.
However, the bulk of the money will have to be geared toward the end of the contract given the Giants current cap situation. They are a reported $8 million to $11 million over the projected cap right now, though they have a few players who nobody would miss if they were cut, as well as 15 free agents on the roster.
It's not crazy to think the Giants won't be able to afford Bradshaw, but they will do everything to get him back.
These three scenarios would really put the Giants in a deep hole moving forward. Yes, I could have put not signing a middle linebacker or a better tight end on the list, but those are just icing on the cake, not necessarily turn-for-the-worse season-changers.