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Ahmad Bradshaw is recovering from another surgical procedure on his troublesome feet. What should the Giants do with the veteran running back?
The biggest news impacting the New York Giants that came out of Super Bowl Week had nothing to do with power outages, the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII or the fact that the clock is now ticking on the 2014 Super Bowl.
It was the fact that Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw was spotted zipping around New Orleans during the week on a motorized scooter following yet another surgery on his troublesome feet. This time, Bradshaw had a larger screw inserted into his right foot to deal with two broken bones he suffered during the 2012 season.
Bradshaw has suffered ankle and foot issues throughout his career, and has had broken bones in his feet in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He rarely practices and has missed six games with injuries the past two seasons.
The obvious question is what should Bradshaw's future be with the Giants? Or, should he have one at all?
Bradshaw is $3.75 million in 2013 and $4 million in 2014. The Giants drafted speedy running back David Wilson in the first round in 2012, and after limited duty as a rookie Wilson should be ready for a larger role in 2013. The Giants also have Andre Brown, who scored eight touchdowns in 2012 and averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 10 games before breaking his leg.
Could the Giants, who are over the projected 2013 salary cap, decide to part ways with Bradshaw?
That would be a difficult thing for the Giants to do considering that, busted up feet and ankles notwithstanding, Bradshaw is still an outstanding player when he can get on the field. He had 1,015 yards rushing in 2012, the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His 4.6 yards per carry average was his best since 2008, and equaled his career average. Bradshaw is also one of the few fiery, vocal Giants. On a team that seems to have few truly emotional leaders you wonder how much his presence might be missed.
It is certainly possible that the Giants part ways with Bradshaw, but best guess here is that the Giants keep him but hand the reigns of the running attack to Wilson. That would be much like how they kept Brandon Jacobs when Bradshaw initially became the featured back. That might require re-structuring Bradshaw's contract, but it seems more likely than simply getting rid of a good player.
Thoughts, Giants' fans? Vote in the poll.
What should the Giants do with Ahmad Bradshaw in 2013?
Keep him as the featured back (105 votes)
Keep him as a backup to David Wilson (540 votes)
Cut him (117 votes)
762 total votes