The NFL free agency period is set to begin in five days. The New York Giants will be like many NFL teams trying going into free agency looking to sign players that can help fill their needs. One position the Giants will look to upgrade through free agency is at running back. In this year's free agent running back class, there are some players that will garner interest from the Giants. Surprisingly one of those free agent running backs is former Giant, Ahmad Bradshaw.
Bradshaw, a seven year veteran out of Marshall University and is back on the open market after spending one injury riddled season with the Indianapolis Colts. In six of his seven seasons in the NFL, Bradshaw played for the Giants.
During his time with the G-Men, Bradshaw was at the top of his game. He helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowl championships and gave Big Blue a nice one-two punch alongside Brandon Jacobs. In two of the three seasons that he was the starting running back for the Giants, Bradshaw ran for over a 1,000 yards and is the only Giants running back to have over a thousand yards rushing in a season the past four seasons.
With the Giants needing a to fill a hole at the running back position and Bradshaw needing to find a team to play for, would a Giants-Bradshaw reunion be a good thing?
Bradshaw is a proven NFL running back. He is a hard down-hill runner, who makes the most of every run he gets. His pitbull running style as Giants head coach Tom Coughlin calls it, makes him not only a good at running with the football, but a good pass blocker in pass protection as well.
There is though a lot of risk with signing Bradshaw. He is very injury prone and had a lot of foot problems throughout his time in New York. Last season during his time with the Colts, Bradshaw had a neck injury that required surgery. In fact Bradshaw never even took a snap with the Colts all season and spent the whole season on injured reserved. He also has problems holding on to the football, with fumbling problems plaguing his entire career,
Signing Bradshaw would be a bad move for the Giants. With all the injury concerns that he has and not to mention the fact that he is getting up there in age being 28 years old at the start of the season, the Giants should explore other options to fill their need at running back. They can look sign a free agent like Ben Tate or James Starks. New York can try and re-sign running back Andre Brown or even look into drafting a running back in the later rounds of the draft. Those options are way better for the Giants than bring back Bradshaw. Yes, they had a good run together, but right now the Giants need to make a major upgrade at the running back position, and honestly Bradshaw isn't much of an upgrade. In fact Bradshaw would probably be a downgrade from Andre Brown from last year, who showed during the second half of the season that when healthy he can be a top 10 running back in the NFL.
The Giants and Ahmad Bradshaw parted ways after the 2012 season and in the interest of both parties they should stay separated right now. At the end of the day, signing Ahmad Bradshaw, would be a bad move for the Giants.