The New York Giants announced the release of their long-time Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw on Wednesday. Bradshaw, however, who is currently recovering from foot surgery, believes the Giants will come knocking on his door when he is healthy again.
Bradshaw’s release gives the Giants a $2.75 million cap cushion and allows for rookie RB David Wilson to become the starter. New York drafted Wilson with the last pick of the first round in the 2012 draft. Although he mostly played special teams, Wilson did average five yards per carry on 71 rushes and rushed for four touchdowns. He added one more touchdown receiving and another on a kick return.
Also in the New York backfield is short yardage back Andre Brown. Before breaking his leg during week 12, Brown averaged over five yards a carry and scored eight touchdowns. Brown and Wilson could be great compliments to each other as Brown supplies the power and Wilson the explosive quickness.
Since RB Tiki Barber’s retirement in 2006, head coach Tom Coughlin’s Giants have had a two headed monster at running back. In 2008, the Giants utilized three backs, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw, who became nicknamed, “Earth, Wind, and Fire”. That season, New York posted a 12-4 record, its best under Tom Coughlin.
Bradshaw hopes he can be that third running back for the Giants next season. He told WFAN radio the Giants left open the possibility of re-signing him once he is healthy. Bradshaw expects his foot, which had multiple breaks, to be ready for training camp according to RotoWorld.
After 1,015 yards on the ground at age 26, if the Giants are not ready to reinstall, “Earth, Wind and Fire”, then Bradshaw should be able to get a role on another team.