Remember all the hand-wringing over Ahmad Bradshaw going to the Dolphins? Remember the angst that Washington was interested and that he was flying to Cincinnati? Bradshaw said today that no one should have been worried about any of that at all.
“It’s all the business,” he said of his flirtations with other teams, which he admitted were never really reciprocated. “But now that I’m here, I’m happy.”
Bradshaw signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the Giants, a deal that many believe will be a bargain for the team. “We didn’t get what we expected to get but I’m happy with what I got,” he said. “I love the Giants and I wanted to be here.”
While the contract wasn’t as big as the one DeAngelo Williams received from the Panthers (five years, $43 million with $21 guaranteed), it did take some maneuvering on the part of the Giants and Brandon Jacobs. The more experienced of the two running backs had to sign off on a slight pay cut (money he can make back in performance incentives) to squeeze Bradshaw under the salary cap. Bradshaw said he’s grateful.
“He loves me, man,” Bradshaw said. “I respect him more than anything for doing that.”
Bradshaw said he wasn’t threatened when the Giants brought free agent Jason Snelling in for a visit, even though he agreed to terms with the team in the middle of that meeting. As for Williams, whose guarantee is larger than the total value of Bradshaw’s contract, Bradshaw said that the Panthers just handled it differently than the Giants did.
“We’re the same talents,” he said. “He’s a great back and he does a lot of the same things that I do. I felt that way too. But like I said it’s a business.”