A little more than one year after running back Ahmad Bradshaw helped the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Mike Freeman confirm that New York has cut the six-year veteran. Pro Football Talk was the first to report the news.
Bradshaw was taken by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and he blossomed into a strong contributor with 778 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. In two of the next three seasons, he gained at least 1,000 yards.
But he's also struggled with foot injuries the past two years, and the Giants took David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 Draft. Though Wilson didn't get much time on offense because of early-season fumbling problems, he also has showcased his talent, along with running back Andre Brown.
Bradshaw was due a base salary of $3.75 million in 2013.
"I saw it coming because of the money," Bradshaw told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Everything is about money I guess, so yes, I was expecting it. I'm not discouraged at all. I'm just looking towards getting healthy and working with somebody else. That is all I can do. The Giants fans will always be remembered and always be loved. This is where I started and I just want to thank everybody for their support. Hopefully I'll be back soon."
Making matters worse for Bradshaw, he just underwent another foot surgery, as he recently had a longer screw implanted in his foot. According to the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, his recovery time is 10 weeks.
"I can't say I'm concerned [about his future with the Giants], because I just have the heart to play or to keep going," Bradshaw told the newspaper last week. "No matter what it is, I'm going to play in the NFL, if I have that chance. … With David there, Andre, they may have what they're looking for with them ... I hope to be a Giant no matter what, but you never know what happens. It's all business."
According to various reports, the Giants also have released defensive tackle Chris Canty, who was due a base salary of $6.25 million next season.
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