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Time to Stop Crying Over New York Giants Cutting Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley & Chris Canty

February 7th, 2013 at 1:12 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

So you've all heard by now: yesterday New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese gave pink slips to veterans Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley and Chris Canty and the Big Blue world is turned upside down. We here at Giants 101 are here to tell you to take a deep breath. It's okay. We're going to get through this together…because it's all for the better.

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Let's face facts here: a quick look at the balance sheet and the medical history for each player makes it pretty clear that Reese didn't much have a choice. This was business. Good business at that.

Bradshaw: Another foot surgery, how many screws in both feet, likely third on the depth chart to Andre Brown and David Wilson. Was it even in the question that the team could afford to pay him $3.75 million this year?

Canty: Never seemed to quite round back into form after knee troubles that came and went all year. Hard to spend $6.5 million on a guy like that, no matter how good a player or how good a leader.

Boley: Probably the biggest surprise here, but $4 million is a lot of money for a guy who was pulled off the field last year as he played all year through a hamstring injury. Probably didn't help for Boley that Jacquian Williams is banging on the door.

It may be a hard pill to swallow to watch players you like get the axe. You've grown to admire them. Maybe you even own their jersey. But his kind of turnover is simply part of the way today's NFL works: older players coming off serious (Canty), chronic (Bradshaw) or even nagging (Boley) injuries don't justify their salaries and teams move on.

And, if you're still having trouble swallowing that pill, get ready for this: there's more to come. Corey Webster and his $7 million, David Diehl and his $4 million and even Chris Snee at $6.7 million and David Baas at $4.25 shouldn't be totally off the radar.

Harken back to the dark, early days of 2007 when Reese came in and cut a handful of veterans, saved some money and put some younger players in a position to contribute. My point is, nobody was crying about Luke Petitgout 20 games later.

Younger players move up. New faces move in. Time to move on.

And that is what this is all about, my friends. Moving on. The Giants have to get younger and they have to retain some of their younger players coming up for contracts. And the money had to come from somewhere.

$14 million. That's how much, give or take, the Giants save this year from cutting these three players alone.

That $14 million, maybe more once all the cuts come in, will go a long, long way in doling out contracts for guys that are younger, healthier and more productive than the guys who just hit the street.

In the immediate, the Giants will need around $10 million this year for the franchise tag for Will Beatty; both Martellus Bennett and Kenny Phillips are going to need big new deals if they're going to stay Giants; Jason Pierre-Paul is on the verge of an absolutely mind-boggling contract; and, if you haven't heard, although I'm sure you have, both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are starting to talk contract with the team.

So say your fond farewells to these three guys and the guys that will join them on the exit line. Feel free to memorialize their Giants careers in the comments section.

For us, it's time to talk about whether Jacquian Williams is ready to step in for Boley, who will line up next to Linval Joseph at defensive tackle, and whether or not there will be enough money for Beatty, Nicks, Phillips, et al.

Stop crying. We have an offseason to conduct.

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Chris Canty, Chris Snee, David Baas, David Diehl, David Wilson, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL

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58 Responses to “Time to Stop Crying Over New York Giants Cutting Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley & Chris Canty”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Salary aside, if you had to pick Phillips, Brown and Hill or Rolle, Brown and Hill, which would you choose and why?

  2.  Jen Polashock says:

    GREAT article, Simon. Thank you. I shall be sharing this one on various sports planes today & more than likely in the upcoming days. Good stuff.

  3.  Dirt says:

    I don’t know what Giants fans say outside of G101 and my friends, but I haven’t sensed a lot of crying about these moves. Is it really hysteria right now elsewhere?

    On the other hand, I’m intrigued to hear more about this purported contract discussion with Cruz that you’ve alluded to.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Not sure anyone on G101 is crying over this news. Most get it and some of us even expected it.. I’m waiting for the news that Diehl and Webster have been restructured or bounced.. There is still a lot of work to be done

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    If the thought is you cut Rolle to keep KP I can understand that if KP is given a clean bill of health. But in that case KP must first be re-signed, there’s no way we can be in position to possibly not have at least one of them on the roster. I would still keep Rolle over KP even though KP is younger. Rolle is durable, versatile and a leader I think he’s needed as a vet for this team. It’s possible the only vets left will be Tuck, Kiwi and Rolle. We need his leadership with Tuck and kiwi being quiet guys. Rolle also seems to have at least 2-3 years left at his current level.

  6.  shmitty013 says:

    Are people really crying over this news? Pretty much everyone on G101 expected these moves, especially Boley and Bradshaw. And if they weren’t expected, we all understand why they happened.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Giants 101 is a very small community in the grand scope of things. Take a moment to visit Giants 101 on Facebook and you’ll see the polar opposite of what you see in the comments here.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    WRDAG- Dysfunctional is a terrible choice of words but I get what your trying to say.. Dysfunction is the Jets front office.. what is going on here is that JR has stockpiled talent and his guys aren’t getting a chance because they are buried behind declining vets that our HC is loyal to. Jr isnt doing what he’s doing to spite TC or force his hand as much as making the decisions necessary to keep this team competitive. Its kind of a checks and balances system with the old school loyal coach who loves him some vets and the calculated heartless businessman that is JR that knows what it takes to keep a franchise competitive. These moves by JR were 100% out of necessity and something I’ve been alluding to for 3-4 months. All these deals JR made to lock up our core back in 07-08 and free agent signings we made in 09-10 have all come to a salary cap bubble and someone had to take a pin to it.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    While this article might not apply to the posters here in applies the general giant fan. I got a random call from my boy in despair about these cuts yesterday so not everyone understands them as we do here and the article lays out.

  9.  Jen Polashock says:

    Here we tend to have an educated following. Elsewhere, folks d’on lost there minds. There’s a sudden need for forced benzodiazepines… It’s bad. Can’t wait until March/ free agency.

  10.  UANYG says:

    Good article, but who’s crying? It reminds me of the article title last week when Flacco was “Ripped” by Eli Manning. Hyperbole, perhaps?

    Goat, I’m with you on Rolle, a restructure is most appropriate, as I don’t believe we have anyone on the roster who can replace him as both a cover safety who can play corner, and more importantly, as a leader. A pay cut is in order though.

    I’m still of the belief that Phillips walks, unless it’s incentive-laden, due to his health. We’ve got two young guys in Brown and Hill that will give us 90% of what a healthy Phillips gives us, but at 10% of the cost. That money will be better spent strengthening our OL an DL, while perhaps–fingers crossed, and talking out of my ****–both Nicks AND Cruz could be signed!

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