Monday, August 1, 2011
Ahmad Bradshaw re-signs with Giants
By Dan Graziano
Well, if the New York Giants were bringing in Jason Snelling for a visit to try to scare Ahmad Bradshaw into re-signing with them, it appears to have worked.
Snelling was indeed at the Giants' offices Monday talking to team officials about potentially signing with the team. But shortly before 2 p.m., The Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo broke the news via Twitter that Bradshaw had signed a four-year contract, which is almost certainly the outcome for which the Giants were hoping when they decided to talk to Snelling.
Bradshaw was a major priority this offseason for the Giants, who posted the sixth-most rushing yards in the league last year with the tandem of Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs leading the way. He had some fumbling problems that led to his benching in favor of Jacobs during the second half of the season, but he's an excellent multi-purpose back who can catch the ball, excels in pass protection and is a key part of the Giants' offense. Had they not re-signed him, they'd have been left with second-tier options such as Ronnie Brown who don't fit what they do as well as Bradshaw does.
It wasn't the world's easiest negotiation, as Bradshaw flirted with the Dolphins, Redskins and Bengals, among other teams, in an effort to bring the Giants' offer up. But in the end, it appears to have been Snelling, the leverage card the Giants played Sunday night and Monday morning, that got this deal done.
The Giants remain in negotiations with free-agent tight end Kevin Boss and free-agent receiver Steve Smith and could look for an upgrade at linebacker now that their highest-priority item is checked off.