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At 25 years old, it's rare for such a young, talented running back to be on the free-agent market. That is why the New York Giants are doing everything in their power to retain Ahmad Bradshaw.
Coming off a career year, where Bradshaw established a new career-high in rushing yards (1,235 yards), to go along with eight touchdowns, in 2011, Bradshaw might get to that elusive double-digit touchdown mark. The Giants can certainly use that.
After the infamous helmet-tossing incident during a Week 2 embarrassing performance against Indianapolis from former backfield mate, Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw was named the starter.
Despite his fumbling troubles from a season ago, trailing only the league leader Peyton Hillis with eight, Bradshaw might want to take advice from former Giants running back Tiki Barber to learn how to take care of the football.
Otherwise, if he chooses to resign with the Giants, I'd like to believe head coach Tom Coughlin will not be afraid to send Bradshaw to the pine, as proven during his two turnover game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9 of the regular season.
Since signing a four-year, $25 million contract with the Giants in February 2009, Jacobs has been a major disappointment. He's simply another example of an athlete who got the contract he desperately coveted, but failed to produce, showing he's worth anything but, every dollar.
Now Bradshaw, who's entering the prime of his career, is also seeking a new contract, and when he gets it, let's hope his desire to play isn't affected by the millions of dollars he's going to earn.
I have seen it too many times before.
I do not want to see it again.