Love for NY:
“It’s all in the Giants’ hands,’’ Bradshaw said. “I love the Giants’ organization. I love New York, and that gives them the upper hand. But like I said, it’s all a business. I take it very seriously where I want to be. I love New York, I’d love to stay there but then the money factor comes in.’’
“I’d like to come to Miami and play for (Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano) anytime, if that happens,’’ said Bradshaw, who this off-season trained in Miami. “There are great people down here. It’s beautiful, the weather is amazing. The fans are great in New York. Just the atmosphere down here in Miami, it kind of reminds me of it.”
It would hurt the Giants to lose Bradshaw, but I don’t think it would be as devastating as people are making it out to be.
A handful of teams, like the Redskins and Cowboys, will have to shed salary to get under the cap, and will have to do a lot of chopping in order to make a big splash in free agency.
But after a review of the Dolphins’ 2011 contracts, Miami should have about $20-25 million to play with once the lockout ends, and will be able to sign one or two impact free agents if that is the route it decides to take.
I should note that the Redskins don’t have to shed money at all to get under the cap. The Redskins are actually in great cap shape somehow. Volin in going on reputation here. Do the research before you write something like that, Ben. Anyway, that minor credibility oopsy aside, I’m sure Ben knows the team he covers (the Dolphins), so I’m willing to believe his analysis that they’re $20+ million under the cap.
Obviously, I’m merely posting this to show that the Dolphins, if they really like Ahmad Bradshaw, can easily outspend the Giants, who are not in good cap shape.
The goal of NFL Players is to: a) make money and b) win the Super Bowl. If Ahmad Bradshaw decides he like Miami, he may achieve A, but he’ll never achieve B.
The Dolphins are a competitive team, but so are the other 31 clubs. After all, this is the NFL where parity rules. We’ve seen teams go from last to first and vice versa.
I don’t think the Dolphins will ever be either. They will never be last, but they will never be first, either. Bradshaw’s best shot for another ring is right here in New York, providing he holds on the the football better in the future…
Bradshaw’s best shot for another ring is not with the Giants. His best shot is with the Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, Saints, and nice handful of other teams that have more talented teams than the Giants. Does he have a better chance winning a Super Bowl with the Giants than the Dolphins? Yeah, probably. But let’s not forget – Ahmad Bradshaw already has a Super Bowl, he’s just 25 years old, and has the opporunity to make a boatload of money while living in one of the most desirable places in the country playing for a team that loves to pound the run. I can understand that John wants Ahmad Bradshaw to stay in NY, but I think Ahmad can decide on his own what’s best for himself.
(Shameless Promotion): Going to be on ESPN Radio Canada today at 12:30 to discuss all things NFC East. You can listen online here.
(Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles news after the jump)…
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant received a Jan. 9, 2012 court date Thursday in a civil suit that he claimed in June had been “taken care of.”
Eleow Hunt, a jeweler and ticket broker in Colleyville, Tx., filed suit in Tarrant County in September 2010, alleging Bryant and his confidante, David Wells, did not pay him about $600,000 for jewelry, sports tickets and loans. It was the second civil suit against Bryant within the past year. He settled with New York jeweler A+A Diamonds LTD d/b/a Rafaello & Company in April over an alleged debt of $267,000.
Oh, Dez… You and your bling.
On a side note, Dez’s bling is weaksauce in comparison to Trent Williams’ bling:
Wow can anyone think of a worse mentor than Martellus Bennett? OK, I guess there are plenty. But still, Martellus Bennett? Mentor?
If Mike Shanahan is willing to have another training camp debacle, Albert Haynesworth appears to be game, too.
The Jenkins brothers were both rumored to get plenty of interest from the Redskins. Kris Jenkins saves the Redskins from themselves here by retiring.
(More Shameless Promotion): John Beck game film piece is all but done. Will be posting tomorrow morning. Awesomeness warning: It’s replete with awesomeness. If you’re allergic to awesomeness, please don’t come back tomorrow to read.
I’ll post a global comment for the sum of the following links:
Eagles fans feel like an 8 year old on December 20th that has found his Christmas presents in the basement closet, but since they’re already wrapped, he can’t see what those presents are yet. And one of them is really big.