New York releases Bradshaw
HUNTINGTON -- NFL running back Ahmad Bradshaw was released Wednesday by the New York Giants, a report by www.giants.com said.
Bradshaw, a former Marshall University player who turns 27 next month, has spent his entire six-year career with the Giants. He is sixth on the franchise's career rushing list with 4,232 yards. Bradshaw is seventh in Giants history with 921 rushing attempts. He rushed for 32 touchdowns, the ninth-highest total in team history. In his six seasons, he played in 84 regular-season games with 33 starts.
He caught 132 passes for 1,087 yards and three touchdowns.
"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," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "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."
In 2012, Bradshaw led the Giants with 1,015 yards, the second-highest total of his career, despite missing games at Carolina with a neck injury and Atlanta with a sprained knee. His 4.6 yards-per-carry matched his career average and he scored six touchdowns. Bradshaw had career-high totals of 200 yards on 30 carries in a victory over Cleveland on Oct. 7.
Bradshaw, who joined the Giants as a seventh-round draft choice in 2007, was a significant contributor to teams that won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
The Giants have also released defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Michael Boley. They all had big salaries and battled injuries last season, The Associated Press reported.
Bradshaw was to earn $4.25 million and became expandable with the play of rookie David Wilson, the AP report said.