You had to know that sooner or later someone would ask former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber about the team's current situation with running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. That situation, of course, is that Bradshaw is a free agent and it seems unlikely the Giants bring both players back for the 2011 season.
Well, Aditi Kinkhabwala of the Wall Street Journal has done just that, catching up with Tiki during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.
I was a little surprised by which guy Barber sided with.
"Ahmad deserves a contract that is representative of his talent and his production over the last couple of years and I just don’t see how the Giants can pay both of them," Barber said. "I don’t see how any team can pay both of them."
The solution? Barber says as much as coach Tom Coughlin loves Bradshaw, the 6-4, 264-pound Jacobs stays, while the Giants say good-bye to Bradshaw.
"I think they stick with Brandon because he’s such a unique player, and he actually played really well at the end of last year," Barber said. "I think he just needs a complementary guy."
I have long thought Bradshaw would stay and Jacobs would go. Jacobs did, however, have an excellent year all things considered. And Bradshaw really showed no sign of overcoming his fumbling issues. I still have questions about how well Bradshaw can stand up to the pounding he takes as the lead back. This will be one of the many decisions we discuss a lot throughout the offseason, and I will break down the pros and cons of each at a later date.