NFL notebook: Giants release Bradshaw
The Giants continued their roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
The salary cap-saving moves on Wednesday came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons.
Bradshaw, Canty and Boley were veterans who contributed to the Giants' Super Bowl win over the Patriots a year ago, but they had big contracts and battled injuries.
Bradshaw, who has had knee and ankle injuries, was to earn $4.25 million. He became expendable with the play of rookie David Wilson. Canty, who had knee issues with the Giants after never missing a game with Dallas, was to earn $6.5 million next season. Boley, who had shoulder and hamstring injuries last season, was to make $4 million this season.
The 26-year-old Bradshaw, who played on two Super Bowl championship teams with the Giants, led the team in rushing each of the past three seasons, gaining 1,015 this past season.
Grantham says he's not joining Saints
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he expects to remain with the Bulldogs but won't address reports that he's up for the same job with the Saints.
Grantham and former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reportedly are in the running to replace Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired last month after the Saints gave up more yards (7,042) than any team in NFL history.
Grantham attended a news conference Wednesday for Georgia's class of signees. When asked about the Saints or any other NFL job, he said: “Right now, I'm the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia. I'm certainly looking forward to coaching those guys.”
Jackson named Bengals' RB coach
The Bengals moved assistant coach Hue Jackson into a new role, giving him the job of replacing the retired Jim Anderson as running backs coach.
Jackson was an assistant defensive backs coach last season. The Bengals hired Adam Zimmer to fill that role on Tuesday.
Jackson was Oakland's head coach in 2011 but was fired after an 8-8 finish.
Crash claims relatives of 49ers player
A fiery crash hours after the Super Bowl killed relatives of San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker, Louisiana State Police said Wednesday.
The crash about 5:30 a.m. Monday killed Alice and Bryan Young Sr. of Victorville, Calif., Trooper Melissa Matey said.\
Walker said in a Twitter post that his aunt and uncle of the same name were killed “by a drunk” 5 a.m. Monday. The message's subject line read, “Horrible.”
Matey said the Youngs' vehicle was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in LaPlace, just west of New Orleans, when it was hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Nechole T. Thomas of Houston.