Ahmad Bradshaw said he has no doubts that he and Brandon Jacobs can make their peculiar backfield relationship work. Splitting carries, splitting starts, splitting playing time, it doesn’t matter to the Giants’ running back. He even said he prefers to be the guy who comes in behind Jacobs, taking advantage of the softer defenses that the bigger Jacobs has pounded.
But, as always, there’s a matter of money. Jacobs is due to earn $4.65 million in the third year of his contract extension in 2011 and Bradshaw is a free agent-to-be, hovering in contract limbo as the league and union try to come together for a CBA. The Giants told Bradshaw he’s a “priority” once a deal is reached, but will they be able to afford both? Bradshaw has his doubts.
“It’s just the nature of the business,” he said yesterday while making the rounds on Radio Row at the Super Bowl. “You just never know what’s going to happen with things. I don’t think they’ll be able to finance both of us financially. But you just never know. It may be possible. There’s even talk that they might keep both of us. You just never know.”
Bradshaw was the starter for most of the season and ran for a career-high 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns. He did that after coming off three surgeries, and he said he’ll have another surgery next Saturday to clean out debris in his left ankle (he had the same procedure done last year on his right ankle). He also played with a broken wrist he suffered in the game against the Jaguars.
Bradshaw said he wants to come back to the Giants and that the Giants have told him they want him back.
“I talked to the Giants on exit day and they said I was a big priority for them to come back,” Bradshaw said. “I’m just letting them handle it. All I can do really is be ready for next year and be fully prepared.
“I love New York, man,” he added. “I love New York more than anything. All I can do is hope for the best.”