The Giants re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw for all the right reasons -- because he was their best back last season and the Giants still believe in the run.
Bradshaw wasn't a distraction. He wasn't a complainer. OK, so he fumbled. So did Tiki Barber. But that can be helped ... if not resolved. What you couldn't resolve was the 1235 yards that would've evaporated with his departure.Bradshaw was one of the top free agents left on the market, and I couldn't imagine why something hadn't happened sooner with him.
Yeah, I know the Giants flirted with Jason Snelling. But Bradshaw is the better option. He knows the system, he is happy with his role and he has Brandon Jacobs there to split carries. By staying put, he remains with a team that is a playoff contender and a team that will make sure he's a significant part of the offense. He also may extend his career, with Jacobs absorbing some of the hits reserved for Bradshaw were he somewhere without a suitable partner.
So Bradshaw goes where he is needed, and the Giants retain a contributor -- something that's critical in a season where new is not necessarily good. In fact, its the veteran teams with the returning head coaches and familiar scripts that should survive, and the New York Giants are one of those teams.
Keeping Jacobs was smart as long as you had someone to split carries with him. The Giants do. That should take some of the heat off Eli Manning's shoulders and ensure that Tom Coughlin can do what he likes to do --- which is mix his passing attack with an effective running game.
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