Ahmad Bradshaw would love to stay in New Jersey after his release from the Giants last week. That leaves him with two options: re-signing with the Giants for a lower salary (a solution he says he remains open to), or joining the Jets.
Tuesday, Bradshaw said he was intrigued by what the Jets could offer him in terms of playing time and location.
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"Whoever needs me, whoever can use me, whoever I feel that I can get a better chance of playing and helping," Bradshaw said on "NFL AM" on the NFL Network. "The New York Jets are a team that I'm excited to hear about, just to stay home, not make a big move from New York. It's just right across the street from where I am now.''
Bradshaw said he has not spoken to any teams since he was released. He is waiting until he is healthy after last month's surgery, in which he had a screw removed from his right foot and one inserted to help mend two fractures. Earlier this month, he said he should have had the surgery last year but instead opted for stem cell treatments that he said "wore off."
"Feel like this surgery was very well needed," he said. "I feel better already. I should have gone through the surgery last year instead of getting the stem cell, but I felt great after getting the stem cell last year. I felt it was a great success. It felt great up until the sixth or seventh game and I played through pain the rest of the season."
Despite the surgery and the foot and ankle problems that have dogged his career, Bradshaw said he still believes he can be a starting running back.
"No doubts in my mind at all," he said. "My IQ of the game . . . not only running the ball, but helping my quarterback out as much as I can . . . With Eli Manning, I took pride in protecting him and helping my linemen. I have always been there for those guys. I take pride in protection also, so running isn't always the key."
Wherever he lands, Bradshaw said his surgery will not hamper him and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp, just as he always was with the Giants after offseason surgeries. "I'll be ready to go for whoever I play for this [2013 season]," he said.