NY Giants Cut Vets Bradshaw, Canty, Boley

The salary cap is a bitch. In order to get under the cap, the NY Football Giants had to cut three veterans in Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty and Michael Boley. These were key players on the team for the past few seasons. Bradshaw had in fact become somewhat of a leader on the team, laid his body on the line over and over again throughout his career, and just had too many injuries. Now he joins his pal Brandon Jacobs on the unemployment line. It’s a cruel business but this is how it is in the NFL.

Bradshaw did not want to take a pay cut and the team had to let him go because they still have to resign a batch of their own free agents – Will Beatty, Victor Cruz, Martellus Bennett, Lawrence Tynes, Stevie Brown and Andre Brown.

Ohm Youngmisuk on ESPN reports, “I saw it coming because of the money,” Bradshaw told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “Everything is about money I guess, so, yes, I was expecting it. I’m not discouraged at all…I’m just looking toward 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. Bradshaw said both sides left the door open for a potential reunion down the road.”It was mentioned,” Bradshaw said in an interview on WFAN radio. “And there is always a door open on my side.

The Giants will probably have to make more cuts. So who’s next? Dave Diehl is most likely gone if he won’t accept a pay cut, and word is that DBs Antrell Rolle, Terrell Thomas, or Corey Webster might be next. One or more of those have to go to make the cap work.

“Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I’ve been around,” GM Jerry Reese said. “Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.”

It’s a difficult situation. Many great players have been cut by the NY Giants so these guys are in the best of company. Like Bradshaw says, it’s part of the business. For the team, they have to constantly find cheaper alternatives that are talented, and that’s where scouting comes in. And if you’re a Giants fan, you have to trust that Jerry Reese knows what he’s doing, and will come out ahead in the end. After two superbowl championships in five years, you can’t disagree, can you?

Well, Ahmad, we hardly knew ye! But we’ll always have the “ass-first TD”…

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