RB Bradshaw says Jets among the interested?
Ex-Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw says Jets among interested teams
Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is still out of work since being released by the Giants last month.
Bradshaw, who had offseason surgery on his troublesome right foot, says he elected to not work out for teams until he is healthier. But he said three teams have expressed interest in him so far: The Jets, Steelers and Packers.
"There are a lot of teams out there, but there are a couple teams that are interested, so I've heard," Bradshaw said on ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay Show today. "Pittsburgh, the Jets and the Packers, which are teams that I feel like need a running back, that I could help. Like I said, itís a process. I just want to take it slow."
Bradshaw, who topped 1,000 yards last season, has still not ruled out a Giants return, saying that "there's always that chance." When the team released him in a salary cap-clearing move, he said a potential return was discussed.
Bradshaw was reminded on the radio show that Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom Bradshaw regards as a father figure, and Jets coach Rex Ryan have very different personalities and coaching styles.
"I know for sure," Bradshaw said. "You know what, I've heard from a lot of guys (Rex) is a great coach. Itís not even about that with me. He seems to get his guys going for games and for the weeks that they're playing. Thatís what itís all about, just having fun."
The 27-year-old said he'd like to play somewhere close to where he's from, southwestern Virginia, and also land in a situation where he can be the lead back.
"Thereís a lot of teams out there that need running backs," he said. "I want to go to a team (where) I can be the No. 1 back, get multiple carries every game. I just want to be able to help and be a big part of it."
Bradshaw had a larger screw inserted to stabilize his twice-broken right foot in late January, requiring a 10-week recovery period.
"I've decided not to work out with teams yet," Bradshaw said. "I want to be as healthy as I can be, I want to be explosive, and I want teams to see what they are able to get. Right now, I'm working on that, and I think it's coming along faster and faster. I'm walking around without the boot."
Bradshaw is also not a fan of the new NFL rule, passed in a vote today, making it illegal for a runner or tackler to initiate contact using the crown of his helmet in the open field. Bradshaw called the rule "terrible." He has concerns about the rule being enforced properly and said that he lowers his head before a collision with a defender to protect himself.
"I guess they want us to just run upright," Bradshaw said. "Thatís not what football is.