New York Giants Afternoon Notes: Reese Gets Bradshaw On His Terms

Great job by New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese, getting Ahmad Bradshaw to re-sign with the team on the Giants terms -- not on Drew Rosenhaus' terms.

Rest assured that Bradshaw likely wanted more than the $9 million guaranteed dollars he ultimately signed for -- espcially after watching DeAngelo Williams get $21 million in guaranteed money from the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants played a little hardball with Bradshaw, bringing in free-agent running back Jason Snelling for a visit, and it worked. Bradshaw reportedly signed while Snelling was in the middle of his visit with Giants' brass -- meaning the Giants got the player who was their highest free-agent priority at the price they wanted to pay.

Oh, and special note to WFAN's Craig Carton, who played attack dog this morning when Reese was on the Boomer & Carton Show. Yes, Reese does know free agency has started. And, obviously, he also knows what he is doing.

Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said today that he expected safety Kenny Phillips to take a "quantum leap" this season, admitting that he "protected him a little bit" last season, his first after microfracture knee surgery.

For his part, Phillips admitted he wasn't as strong last season as he thought he would be.

"I wasn't as close to as where I thought I would be. A lot of guys were telling me it was going to take a year, but I was doing my best to try to prove them wrong," Phillips said. "It turns out, they were right."

Justin Tuck is remaining optimistic that Osi Umenyiora and the Giants will work out their differences, despite the team reportedly allowing Umenyiora to seek a trade.

"Somehow I know that Osi's going to be a Giant," Tuck said. "I can't tell you how much it [losing him] would hurt. I can tell you it would hurt. There are not a lot of guys like Osi. It's not like you can just go and pick up one of those guys off the street, but again as of right now, he's still under contract with the Giants and that's hopefully how it will be for the rest of the year."

Cornerback Aaron Ross told Zach Berman of the Star-Ledger "I'm not willing to do safety anymore,"and that he is ready to be challenged for playing time by No. 1 pick Prince Amukamara.

Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily just reported that tight end Ben Patrick has agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants. Wonder what that means for Kevin Boss?

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