Ahmad Bradshaw on Steelers, Packers’ radar
The Green Bay Packers had been previously pursuing former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson and were also visited by Kansas City Cheifs’ Peyton Hillis. But after they lost 10-year pro Steven Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers are back in the market for a running back.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a replacement for running back Rashard Mendenhall, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted free agent running back Beanie Wells on Friday, they were unimpressed. So, the search to add depth at running back continues.
The Pittsburgh Steelers placed original tender offers on restricted free agents running back Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer this offseason, locking them to approximately $2.6 million combined guaranteed money in 2013. But neither Jonathan Dwyer nor Isaac Redman played consistently last season, while failing to appear in all 16 games as well.
Ahmad Bradshaw doesn’t have a history of completing an entire season either, and had his second career foot surgery this offseason. Ahmad Bradshaw was set to enter the third season of a 4-year, $18 million contract he signed with the New York Giants in 2011. He was released by the New York Giants due to foot issues and following the emergence of rookie David Wilson last season.
However, Ahmad Bradshaw still has potential of producing at a high level if he remains healthy. Ahmad Bradshaw amassed 23 touchdowns over the past three seasons on the pass-heavy New York Giants offense.
The soon to be 27-year-old Ahmad Bradshaw posted 1,015 yards on 221 carries and six touchdowns rushing last year, while adding 23 catches for 245 yards in 14 games for the New York Giants.
With the running back market essentially barren of proven talent and greatly lacking interest from teams, Ahmad Bradshaw would be a steal at this point; and could sign to year-contract, similar to Rashard Mendenhall with the Arizona Cardinals. It essentially puts Ahmad Bradshaw back on the free agent market in 2014, but with the opportunity of demanding a better contract if he has a successful 2013 season.