Ahmad Bradshaw hit the radio waves in Miami and the running back sounds like a guy who wants to remain a Giant but also is very intrigued by the Miami Dolphins.
Appearing on WQAM with Sid Rosenberg, Bradshaw said he gives the Giants the “upper hand” and estimates that it is “75-25” when asked what percentage he would place on the Giants versus the Dolphins for his services although he did make it clear he hasn't spoken to either team.
“Well it’s all in the Giants’ hands,” Bradshaw said in the radio interview. “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 will become a free agent if the new collective bargaining agreement allows fourth-year players to become unrestricted free agents.
He is considered to be the Giants’ top priority once teams are allowed to start negotiating with their own free agents. But Bradshaw and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have mentioned the Dolphins as an attractive landing spot in separate interviews this week in Miami.
It’s no secret the Dolphins will need another running back to pair with rookie Daniel Thomas since it appears Ronnie Brown will likely not return.
“They have a great offense,” Bradshaw said of the Dolphins. “If I was to come here, I could bring explosiveness and with the protection on (Chad) Henne, I could help that a whole lot. I’m sure I can be a big part of whatever team I think I can go to.”
Bradshaw, though, reiterated his love for the Giants and likened head coach Tom Coughlin to a father.
“Coughlin is a great guy,” said Bradshaw, a Coughlin favorite. “He treats me like a son. I can’t speak for anybody else but he treats me like a son and he is a great coach and gets you prepared for every game to the fullest. I can’t say anything negative about Coach Coughlin.”
However, he also had positive things to say about Miami head coach Tony Sparano.
“With Coach Sparano, I’d like to come to Miami and play for him anytime if it happens,” Bradshaw said.
Bottom line: Bradshaw is just doing what a player about to hit free agency should be doing and that is maximizing his leverage.
The Giants want and need Bradshaw back and will try to find a way to bring him back. ESPN’s John Clayton reported that the Giants will be $11.34 million over the $120 million salary cap which is expected to include a $3 million exception.
General manager Jerry Reese will probably find a way to free up enough money to bring Bradshaw back. But he also has other free agents in the likes of Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Mathias Kiwanuka and Barry Cofield as well.
Bradshaw hopes the Giants can keep him and Brandon Jacobs, who is slated to make $4.65 million this season.
“They seem like they were going to get both of us back, they talked about it but they know I am not going to go for nothing less,” Bradshaw said. “With Brandon they have him for two more years and know what they expect with him. I just want to be a feature back. I feel like I can carry the ball a ton of times a game. I feel like I can put it on my shoulder.”