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New York Giants' rumors: Ahmad Bradshaw, Will Beatty, salary cap, more

Speculation is flying around the New York Giants today, especially about the possibility that the team might release veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw in a salary cap move.

Ahmad Bradshaw
Ahmad Bradshaw

After a month of virtually nothing going on around the New York Giants -- no playoff games, no firings or significant hirings, no players making insane statements or demands -- there is a suddenly a flurry of Giants-related news and speculation.

We know that linebacker Michael Boley was released on Tuesday. Today, there is speculation -- fueled by a tweet from License Plate Guy Joe Ruback -- that Ahmad Bradshaw would "probably be let go." There is also our own debate over the future of defensive tackle Chris Canty.

Another bit of speculation came from Inside Football editor Pat Traina on Wednesday when she tweeted that she was "fairly certain" unrestricted free agent Will Beatty will get the franchise tag from the Giants.

There are also a couple of other odds 'n ends.

- ESPN New York reported that the Giants are likely to bring back restricted free agent running back Andre Brown. Valentine's View: I really didn't think this was ever a question, so it's really not news. If Bradshaw is let go, Brown will be critical to the running game in 2013.

- The New York Daily News says Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger will compete for the linebacker job that opened with the release of Boley. Valentine's View: If he is healthy, that is Williams' job. Period.

Finally, a note about the salary cap. Every report you read and every cap-related tweet seems to give you a different number when it comes to the Giants. The only thing everyone seems to agree on is that the release of Boley does not solve the Giants' cap issues.

Big Blue View reported last month that the Giants were $9.15 million over the salary cap, a much larger number that had been reported by other media outlets. The release of Boley saves the Giants the $4.25 million base salary he would have received in 2013. By that math, the Giants are still $4.9 million over the cap.