Giants release Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty

Ahmad Bradshaw was cut by the Giants on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images
Ahmad Bradshaw was cut by the Giants on Wednesday.
Credit: Getty Images

The Giants cut bait with one of their top players on Wednesday.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who was drafted by the Giants out of Marshall in the seventh round in 2007, was released by the team.

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

Bradshaw took over as the team’s starting running back from Brandon Jacobs the past few seasons, even before Jacobs was let go after the 2011 season. He had just 90 carries in his first two seasons with the Giants, including 23 carries in the team’s Super Bowl season in 2007. He had 1,015 yards and six touchdowns this past season. His best season came in 2010, when he had 1,235 and eight rushing touchdowns.

Bradshaw, 27, signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the Giants in August 2011, with $9 million of that guaranteed. He had two years left on his deal. He was set to make $3.75 million next season and $4 million in 2014. The cap numbers, however, were just over $6 million in both of those seasons due to prorated guaranteed money.

He spent a lot of time injured, however, including foot problems in 2012. The team drafted running back David Wilson with the final pick of the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft, and despite a slow start to his rookie campaign, the former Virginia Tech star emerged down the stretch for the Giants.

“Ahmad Bradshaw was drafted 250th in a class of 255 and to excel and to perform the way that he has, and to accomplish what he has, is a great tribute to him,” head coach Tom Coughlin said in a statement. “He is not only an exceptional football player, but he is the epitome of line up and play. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s going to give you everything he’s got. If you give the ball to him, he’s going to get every inch of what is there — and sometimes when it’s not blocked, he still gets it.”

The team also announced they have released defensive lineman Chris Canty. Canty, a Bronx native, spent the last four seasons on the Giants. He had nine career sacks as a Giants, including four in 2011 and three this past season.

“Chris Canty is a pro’s pro, a true team player and competitor,” Reese said. “He helped us get to the top in 2011 and it was a pleasure having him here during his time with the New York Giants.”

Canty had two years remaining on his contract as well, and was due $6.25 million this upcoming season and $6.5 million in 2014.

The moves will free up space to re-sign current players. The Giants have a wealth of free agents to re-sign, including restricted free agent Victor Cruz, and unrestricted free agents Kenny Phillips, Will Beatty and Martellus Bennett.

 

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…

National

A look into the minds of Tsarnaev's fan…

While thousands of supporters insist their loyalty is due to a steadfast belief that Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev's is innocent, others, mainly young women, come dangerously close to an unhealthy infatuation…

Local

De Blasio calling on more New Yorkers to…

Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking New Yorkers to be a little more selfless. The mayor’s office announced a campaign on Monday aimed at encouraging…

Local

New York's Met Opera braces for 'Death of…

New York's Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday as protesters get ready to picket "The Death of Klinghoffer."

Music

Paul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…

Television

Bethenny Frankel will be returning to 'Real Housewives…

Bethenny Frankel will officially be returning to the show that made her a star. She'll be on the seventh season of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York City."

Movies

Interview: Shailene Woodley talks 'White Bird in a…

"White Bird in a Blizzard" star Shailene Woodley talks about the film's refreshing exploration of teen sexuality and her mixed reaction to social media.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Oct. 20: 'Sleepy Hollow,'…

This week's monster is the Weeping Lady, but it turns out she might have a connection to Ichabod's past. He's such a heartbreaker.

NFL

Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

Parenting

New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…