Ahmad Bradshaw – Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Giants Cut Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty: A day after releasing LB Michael Boley, the Giants announced that they have released two more stalwarts, HB Ahmad Bradshaw and DT Chris Canty.
Bradshaw had two years left on his current deal and was scheduled to make $3.75 million in salary in 2013 and $4 million in salary in 2014. Canty also had two years left on his current contract and was scheduled to make $6.25 million in salary in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014.
According to press reports, the moves saved the Giants $13.75 million in cap space against the 2013 salary cap. The Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record are reporting that the Giants’ current salary cap number is about $118.25 million. The 2013 cap is $121.1 million.
The 27-year old Bradshaw was selected by the Giants in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In his six seasons with the Giants, Bradshaw rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also caught 132 passes for 1,087 yards and three touchdowns. He is the sixth leading rusher in Giants’ history.
“I saw it coming because of the money,” Bradshaw told ESPN. “Everything is about money I guess, so yes I was expecting it. I’m not discouraged at all. I’m just looking towards getting healthy and working with somebody else. That is all I can do. The Giants fans will always be remembered and always be loved. This is where I started and I just want to thank everybody for their support. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.”
“Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I’ve been around,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.”
“Ahmad Bradshaw was drafted 250th in a class of 255 and to excel and to perform the way that he has, and to accomplish what he has, is a great tribute to him,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He is not only an exceptional football player, but he is the epitome of line up and play. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s going to give you everything he’s got. If you give the ball to him, he’s going to get every inch of what is there – and sometimes when it’s not blocked, he still gets it.”
“Ahmad Bradshaw has been an incredible part of two world championship teams here,” Coughlin said. “Bradshaw has great toughness. He plays through anything. He doesn’t just talk about playing hurt. He does play hurt. If anyone knows the quality of this man’s pain threshold, all you need to do is watch him on a Monday when he can’t even walk. He gets a little better on Tuesday, a little better on Wednesday. By Thursday his spirits are back up and whether he can or he can’t, he’s telling you he’s practicing on Friday, and he does. And he plays on Sunday. And he goes through the same cycle. He did that for two or three years.”
Like Boley, the 30-year old Canty joined the Giants as a high-priced free agent in 2009. In his four seasons in New York, Canty accrued 124 tackles and nine sacks.
“Chris Canty is a pro’s pro, a true team player and competitor,” Reese said. “He helped us get to the top in 2011 and it was a pleasure having him here during his time with the New York Giants.”
“Chris Canty is a high-character, highly intelligent young man,” Coughlin said. “He distinguished himself a year ago down the stretch for a number of reasons. One, the quality of his play, and two, is the toughness he displayed, which was a great statement about the quality of the individual.”
The Giants also waived DT Martin Parker, who spent the past two years on Injured Reserve.
HB Ahmad Bradshaw on WFAN: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with HB Ahmad Bradshaw is available at CBSNewYork.com.
Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:
Article on HB Ahmad Bradshaw: Ahmad Tough as They Come by Steve Serby of The New York Post
New Book by Tom Coughlin in the BBI Store: A new book by Tom Coughlin, Earn the Right to Win, is now available in the BBI Store (Amazon.com).