Free agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw visits Colts, deal in the workings
Bradshaw is coming off a 1,000-yard season, after playing out his final year of contract with the New York Giants last season, to become a free agent in March. But there hasn’t been much offseason activity onBradshaw’s part after the early interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos waned away.
All of those teams selected running backs in the second-round of April’s draft. The Steelers went with rookie running back Le'Veon Bell and Packers doubled down on Eddie Lacy as well as Johnathan Franklin, while the Broncos picked up Wisconsin’s Monte Ball. Moreover, teams have health concerns regarding Bradshaw, who underwent multiple surgeries for chronic lower-leg injuries over a six-year NFL career, and has only played one full 16-game season during his stint with the Giants.
But the Colts could use some veteran presence in their young group of running backs. Currently, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter are atop of the Colts’ running back depth chart. While, Bradshaw isn’t expected to push second-year pro Ballard for the No.1 back spot, since he is well-liked by coaches, Bradshaw could potentially split work with Ballard in the Colts’ backfield. Meanwhile, Brown could see action in a change-of-pace role with the Colts next season.
The 27-year-old Bradshaw is considered a versatile back with adept receiver skills and who excels on early downs. The Colts have also been looking to better protect quarterback Andrew Luck this season, and Bradshaw is known as a solid pass protector after years of playing with Eli Manning in New York.
A former seventh-round pick, Bradshaw has rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns, while also catching 132 passes for 1,087 yards and three scores over six seasons with the Giants. Bradshaw also played in 84 career games with 33 starts, while also helping the Giants to their past two Super Bowl wins (XLII and XLVI).