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Snelling could force Bradshaw's hand

Over the years the Giants have marveled at Ahmad Bradshaw’s ability to make something out of nothing on the football field. When all the holes are clogged, he still manages to find a way to make progress.

Now that many of the openings on his free agency menu are closing up, they’re still hoping he will return to them. But even the idea of a homecoming could soon vanish. Free agent running back Jason Snelling will visit the Giants today, sources confirmed, and he could be a replacement for Bradshaw in the Big Blue backfield.

Bradshaw was said to be receiving interest from the both the Bengals and the Redskins yesterday, but both situations dried up when those teams signed other running backs (the Bengals re-inked Cedric Benson and the Skins traded for Tim Hightower). Negotiations with the Dolphins ended last week when that team traded for Reggie Bush. Bradshaw may not have any other options than to come back to the Giants, who already made him a contract offer early in free agency.

Snelling spent the last four years playing for the Falcons, mostly as a backup. But in the last two years he has had 229 carries for 937 yards and six TDs. He's also caught 77 passes during that time, including four for TDs. Oh, and he's lost just one fumble in his career.

Still, there’s little urgency for Bradshaw or the team. He has the Giants’ offer in hand but neither he nor any free agent back the Giants might bring in can practice until Aug. 4. It may be best for him to wait a few more days before signing just to see if any other teams come calling. But the flirtation with Snelling might be enough for him to consider a landing spot before they’re all gone.

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