No way Bradshaw hits the open market

In case you missed it, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw said his ankle surgery went "great" over the weekend. And depending on what happens with the new collective bargaining agreement, there's a good chance that Bradshaw will be an unrestricted free agent.

But we have no idea how all of this is going to work as a work stoppage looms. Bradshaw has told reporters that the Giants have informed him he'll be a "big priority" this offseason. And I believe that's true. Despite his fumbling issues, Bradshaw has a chance to be the Giants' feature back for the next four or five seasons.

The fact that he made it through the 2010 season with no major medical setbacks will certainly help his cause. Giants GM Jerry Reese will have some interesting decisions to make with Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) and Steve Smith (knee) in terms of how to structure their deals. I don't think Bradshaw's contract will be that big of a challenge. He's a former seventh-round pick who has become an explosive player in the league.

Reese isn't going to give other teams a shot at him.