The New York Giants are well on their way to having a very interesting off-season.
According to Pro Football talk, the Giants have released running back Ahamd Bradshaw. Bradshaw was due to make $3.75 million in 2013 and $4 million in 2014. Bradshaw only made it two years in to his 4 yr/18 million/9 million guaranteed contract. Bradshaw has had multiple foot surgeries, the most recent one happening in January.
Jenny Ventras, of the Star-Ledger also reported that defensive tackle Chris Canty has been released. Canty was due to make $6.25 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014.
By releasing Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty the Giants have cleared up $13.75 million in cap space. This cap space will likely be used to sign many of their own free agents, including saftey Kenny Phillips, offensive tackle Will Beatty, offensive guard Kevin Boothe, and running back Andre Brown.
Bradshaw didn’t have many suitors during free agency two years ago, but I think someone will definitely sign him at the right price. He clearly has some foot issues but he is still one of the most complete backs in the NFL- with his receiving and blocking abilities. Canty will likely land on his feet as well given his abilities to stuff the run and rush the passer from the defensive tackle position.
With Bradshaw gone the Giants clearly think first-round draft pick David Wilson can be a #1 running back next year. The Giants will likely look to re-sign Brown as a short-yardage and redzone back.
After cutting Chris Canty defensive tackle is now an area of need for the Giants that they will need to address via the draft and/or free agency.
This has been a very interesting start to the off-season for the Giants and there will likely be more roster changes to come.