The New York Giants told running back Ahmad Bradshaw that re-signing him this offseason is a “big priority”.
“I talked to the Giants on exit day and they said I was a big priority for them to come back,” Bradshaw said Thursday. “I’m just letting them handle it. All I can do really is be ready for next year and be fully prepared.”
Bradshaw is an impending free agent, but with fellow back Brandon Jacobs set to make $4.65 million in 2011, the chances New York can afford both are low.
“I don’t think they’ll be able to finance both of us financially,” Bradshaw said. “But you just never know. It may be possible. There’s even talk they might keep both of us. You just never know.”
He added that he doesn’t have any problem continuing to split snaps with Jacobs.
“I really love playing behind him and him beating up the defenses and me coming in and running behind him and just eating up the yardage with him,’’ Bradshaw told the New York Post. “I think we’re a great duo together, I really do. Brandon and I, we’re brothers. We love to play together. It’s just the nature of the business. You just never know what’s going to happen with things.’’
Bradshaw said “he wants to be back” and “loves New York”, a sentiment that clearly showed in his breakout 2010 season. He finished the year with 1,235 rushing yards and eight touchdowns–matching the output of his previous three seasons combined.
The only red flag surrounding Bradshaw is his inability to stay healthy early in his career. The 24-year-old has only missed six games in four years, but is always carrying some sort of injury. He revealed that he will undergo a scope on Saturday to remove debris from his left ankle, a similar procedure to the one he had on his right ankle last offseason.
“It was something that bothered me,” Bradshaw said of the ankle. “It wasn’t a big factor unless someone really got a hold of it. It was really no problem because I could fight through it and I’d been fighting through it for years. I’m just ready to get it fixed.”
“Beginning of the year it didn’t affect me. At the end of the year, I felt a lot of easy tackles I could break at the beginning of the year, it was just bringing me down. I had to lie down on certain tackles just because it gave out on me or I felt it was about to get rolled up under me. It was different things and playing around injuries. That’s what I was doing toward the end of the year.’’
Bradshaw also said he played the last six games of this season with a broken left wrist. The injury will heal on it’s own and won’t require surgery. He insisted that he “can’t blame” his bum wrist for the NFL-high seven fumbles–six lost–he had in 2010.
“The only thing I look back on is fumbles, which was a negative thing for me, which I can work on, which I can get better at,” he said. “Other than that I feel good about the season I had last year in the starting role I had.’’