By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
With Shonn Greene an impending free agent, the Jets will most certainly add a new runner between now and the end of the draft.
One of the hottest names on the market is former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw, who was released in what is believed to be a cost-cutting move, and Bradshaw has expressed interest in playing for the green and white. Should the Jets entertain the possibility of bringing in Bradshaw?
As a runner, Bradshaw is about as tough as they come, both running and in pass protection. He has great lateral agility and can make plays in space and in the passing game. He could have a similar effect on the locker room as Thomas Jones when he was brought in from the Bears in 2007.
However, Bradshaw appeared to lose some his the burst and acceleration down the stretch of last year. Is this a sign of a rapid decline that we have seen from so many other runners? Is Bradshaw dealing with an injury, and it that the real reason the Giants were willing to part ways with him?
Before they can even begin to answer those questions, the Jets need to find out just how much he is going to cost. Signing Bradshaw for anything above the league minimum could mean that they will not be able to retain a player like Austin Howard, LaRon Landry or Dustin Keller. To the Jets, all three of those players are more valuable to their future than Bradshaw.
In the end, Bringing in Bradshaw simply would be too risky and costly with not much to gain from the transaction. The Jets are better off finding a runner in the middle rounds of the draft to complement Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight.