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Ahmad Bradshaw: Jets interested, but 'there’s still a chance' for Giant reunion
Ahmad Bradshaw said he’s already garnered interest from a handful of teams – including the Jets, Packers and Steelers. But the former Giants running back said on ESPN 98.7FM Wednesday that he’s holding off on working out for teams until he’s 100 percent.
“I want to be as healthy as I can be, I want to be explosive. And I want the teams to see exactly what they’re going to get,” said Bradshaw, who was released by the Giants on Feb. 6, about two weeks after having the screw in his right foot replaced.
“Right now, I'm working on that, and I’ve just been coming as fast as it could. I’m walking around without the boot, doing a lot of different things, balance-wise. Just getting back healthy. I’ve done this surgery before. I just think it’s something that could help the injury out a little more.”
Bradshaw, who said his preference is to remain close to his home in Virginia, has his sights set on being a starting running back again. And, as he sees it, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and the Jets are “all teams that need a running back, and I feel I can help.”
The Jets recently signed former Raiders running back Mike Goodson to join Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight.
But Bradshaw, 27, said a reunion with the Giants could also be in his future.
“There’s always a chance,” Bradshaw said of re-joining his former team. “They said it in the exit meeting that I had with them, that there’s always that chance. And I’ve always thought about it too.”
During the interview, co-host Michael Kay played an audio clip of Giants coach Tom Coughlin discussing his emotional goodbye with Bradshaw -- a meeting that Coughlin admitted was filled with "crocodile tears."
“He was a huge father figure for me," Bradshaw said. "My dad actually passed three years ago and that’s exactly how I looked at Coach Coughlin. Like he said, it was very emotional. That was a family I’ve known and loved for the last six years. I’ve been around those guys for a while so that’s how emotional it was for me and all the coaches, and all the head guys upstairs, the Maras and the Tisches.”