Last week, the New York Giants released several high-profile players from their roster as part of a major off-season salary cap purge, including LB Michael Boley, DT Chris Canty and RB Ahmad Bradshaw.
While the Jets and Giants have been considered rivals for some time now, the intracity rivalry hasn’t kept Bradshaw from considering making the switch to the other New York team.
Bradshaw told NFL Network:
“Whoever I feel that I can get a better chance of playing and helping which team. The New York Jets are a team that I’ve kinda been thinking about, just to stay home, not make a big move from New York. It’s just right across the street from where I am now.”
At the moment, I am interpreting this as a leverage move and an attempt to create buzz. I am sure that Bradshaw would like to stay in New York, but I’m thinking he would certainly prefer to be resigned to his former team before joining a new one.
The Jets would be wise to give Bradshaw a look as, when healthy, he is one of, if not the best running back on the free agent market. However, I firmly believe the Jets will look for a new running back via the draft rather than pay for one in free agency Bradshaw’s asking price would be out of their price range, considering their well-known cap problems). Moreover, Bradshaw, while tough, has battled a variety of injury problems.
Chris Canty also made similar comments about the joining Jets the day of his release. Canty is original from the Bronx.
Free agent defensive end Osi Umemyiora has expressed sentiments similar to Bradshaw, saying he would consider the Jets and the Falcons as possible destinations. (My take? Jets cannot afford Osi…dream on).
What do you think of Bradshaw’s comments about joining the Jets?
UPDATE (4:45 pm): According to Brian Coz of The New York Post, per a source, the Jets are not ruling Bradshaw but “he would have to come very cheap for them to consider it.”
UPDATE (8:10 pm): Per Manish Mehta, the Jets are not interested in signing Bradshaw.