Giants cut leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw, starting tackle Chris Canty

The New York Giants have cut leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and starting defensive tackle Chris Canty Wednesday in a move for salary-cap flexibility.  The Giants are coming off a 9-7 season after which they missed the playoffs by one game.

According to the Associated Press, the cuts will save the Giants over $10 million in cap space next year.

Bradshaw ran for 1,015 yards last year, despite missing two games due to knee and ankle issues.

Journeyman Andre Brown and  last year’s surprise rookie David Wilson are expected to be the running back by committee for the Giants going forward.  Brown filled in the role of lead carrier very well last year, averaging 5.3 yards per-carry, compared to Bradshaw’s 4.6.  

The Giants will have more flexibility for improvements with the cuts, and are geared toward re-signing upcoming free agent wide-outs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, according to reports, notes NFL.com.

Bradshaw’s most memorable moment as a Giant came when he hesitantly scored the game-winning touchdown in last year’s 21-17 Super Bowl win against the Patriots.

Bradshaw signed a 4-year, $18 million deal in 2011 and Canty signed a much bigger 6-year, $42 million deal in 2009. Each missed multiple games in 2012 due to injury.   

Also, Bradshaw and Canty did not have their contracts season guaranteed, making them easy targets for cuts.

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