Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw says he’ll be “a Giant forever.” But he can’t say for sure that he’ll be in a Giants uniform next season.
Bradshaw brought fiery leadership to a quiet Giants team this season and rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second time in his career, and he says he’s entering the offseason in relatively good health. But to hear him talk about it, his reward for that performance could be a dismissal from the only franchise he’s ever known.
“You just never know who won’t be back next year,” Bradshaw said as he cleaned out his locker earlier this week. “Including me.”The statement may have seemed odd, especially since Bradshaw still has two years remaining on the four-year extension that he signed in the summer of 2011. But the 26-year-old runner clearly doesn’t believe that his role in New York is secure. He spoke the same way immediately after Sunday’s regular season finale, saying that “this was going to be the last ride for a lot of guys to be Giants” and “it could be me by the same token.
”Bradshaw is slated to earn $3.75 million next season and $4 million the year after that, and he said the Giants have not approached him about restructuring his current deal. But, despite leading the Giants with 1,015 rushing yards, he wasn’t happy with his play this season, and he understands that team’s awful finish matters far more than his stat line.“We don’t make it to the playoffs, ain’t nothing to say,” he said. “That just all sums it up. I like to win; it’s not about the individual, it’s about the team and I’m a team player.” Read more...