I’ll say this for Ahmad Bradshaw: He’s tough. Per ESPN, Bradshaw has a broken foot. Somehow, per Adam Schefter, it’s not believed to be serious, since it doesn’t need surgery. Bradshaw had this to say:
“I got a screw in my right fifth metatarsal two Februarys ago and I think the head of it is just aggravated right now,” Bradshaw said after Sunday’s game. “I think it will be fine.”
What? I’m no doctor, but that sounds pretty serious to me.
This offseason, Ahmad Bradshaw signed a very reasonable 4 year, $18 million deal. His numbers last year:
276 carries, 1235 yards, 8 TD. He also caught 47 passes for 314, and was good in pass protection.
The big knock on his game was the inability to hang onto the football, as he had 7 fumbles. Still, even with the fumbles, I would think that a 25 year old running back that rushed for 1235 yards would get more than $4.5 million per season. The market was set rather high, when the Carolina Panthers signed DeAngelo Williams for a staggering 5 year, $43 million deal. Williams’ numbers last year:
87 carries, 361 yards, 1 TD. 11 catches, 61 yards. OK, so that was only in 6 games. But what about the year prior to that?
216 carries, 1117 yards, 7 TD. 29 catches for 252.
Better, but $43 million? Why would Williams get $8.6 million per, while Bradshaw only got $4.5? Maybe it was because Bradshaw has a screw in his foot? Maybe the Panthers are just dumb? Maybe both?
Ahmad Bradshaw is a small back by NFL standards. He’s not particularly fast, per se, but he’s very quick, and he’s powerful for his size at 5’10, 214. If he loses his excellent quickness because of a hampered foot, he’s not the type of player that can function in the NFL, in my opinion. If I were a Giants fan, I’d be more concerned with the longterm health of Bradshaw, and not so worried about his availability in New England this week.
Here are Bradshaw’s career numbers:
|Year||Attempts||Yards||Yards per carry|
Noticing a trend on his yards per carry? The decline of the Giants OL from 2007 to 2010 (and the subsequent turnover in 2011) has something to do with that, but I can’t help but think that part of it is Bradshaw’s foot.
I like Ahmad Bradshaw. Really tough guy, runs hard, truly gives 100% on every play, and has been an overachiever in his young career. He’s great for the NFC East. I just wonder if that foot is going to nag him for the remainder of his career, if it hasn’t begun to already.
Update – Paul Dottino is now reporting that Bradshaw will not play this week in New England.