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Ahmad Bradshaw Situation Could Mean More Money for Brandon Jacobs
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jun 22nd 2008 2:25PM by Ryan Wilson

While Ahmad Bradshaw kicks it in a Virginia correctional facility (three days down, only 27 to go!), the ’s Mike Garafolo makes an interesting observation about the Giants’ starting running back, Brandon Jacobs. [In light of Bradshaw’s arrest] I can’t help but think of how this might affect his situation and Brandon Jacobs’ future with the Giants. Remember, Jacobs is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a big payday. The Giants have been unwilling to go anywhere near the numbers Jacobs is looking for. Part of their reasoning is likely because Bradshaw is there as insurance. Bradshaw claims that the arrest stems from a juvenile offense, and he has be trouble-free since signing with the Giants last summer. NFL CSI is currently investigating, but Garafolo also points out that general manager Jerry Reese told Bradshaw he would be on a “short leash.” No idea how short, or if past transgressions qualify, but Jacobs is presumably watching how this all plays out.

Assuming the worst, that Bradshaw isn’t on the roster next season (and there’s no reason to think this will happen, but for the sake of discussion), New York still has Derrick Ward, who fared well (five starts, 602 rushing yards, three touchdowns) before being lost for the last half of ‘07 with an injury.

Even if Jacobs was the only back on the roster, there’s no guarantee he’d get a big payday. Running back is arguably the most fungible position on the roster, and to pay any significant percentage of the salary cap to the position is usually a bad idea. See Bradshaw, Ahmad, and Ward, Derrick, for the most recent examples.

Fred Smoot, feel free to disagree.

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