Monday, December 31, 2012
Bradshaw on his way out?
By Kieran Darcy
Has Ahmad Bradshaw's career as a Giant come to an end?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ahmad Bradshaw continues to talk like he may have played his last game as a Giant.
A day after the 2012 season ended, the team convened for a final time at the Timex Performance Center on Monday, and Bradshaw spoke briefly with reporters in the locker room.
"It’s a great opportunity to see these faces," Bradshaw said, of his teammates. "You never know who's gonna be back next season, including me."
Bradshaw rushed for 107 yards in the Giants' season-ending 42-7 win over the Eagles on Sunday, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. He's just 26 years old, but sounded uncertain about his future after the game.
He sounded uncertain on Monday as well. "I don’t know anything," Bradshaw said. "We don’t know who might not come back, so it’s good to see these faces."
Bradshaw is under contract for two more seasons -- but with upcoming base salaries of $3.75 and $4 million, he could be viewed as expendable. The Giants drafted running back David Wilson in the first round last spring, and Wilson came on strong late in his rookie year, getting the start over Bradshaw in Week 17.
Bradshaw has been plagued by injuries in recent years, and even though he generally plays through them and remains effective, you have to wonder how much longer his body will hold up.
On Monday, Bradshaw was asked what being a Giant has meant to him, if this is indeed the end of the line.
"I’m all in," Bradshaw said. "That’s how I’ve been since I’ve been here. I bleed red, white and blue and that’s what’s it’s about with me right now. I can’t go into any other details about it, but I will always be a Giant forever."
And with that, he walked away, perhaps for the final time.