Veteran running backs around the NFL are coming to the realization that their position is perhaps the shortest lived around the league. One veteran free agent has been waiting for the phone to ring this offseason in order to find out where he might be playing next, former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a very versatile back and can be an effective runner, but he comes with a disclaimer, when healthy.
Bradshaw visited with the Indianapolis Colts late last week and reports suggest contract talks have stalled, but he would be a good addition to the Colts offense, but once again, when healthy.
The former Giant is great at pass protection and catching passes out of the backfield and would make an immediate upgrade over the players at the running back position currently on the Indianapolis roster. After the Steelers, Broncos, Packers and Bengals worked out Bradshaw, while needing a running back, those teams decided to pass on the veteran.
On paper and given his body of work on his resume, Bradshaw is an immediate upgrade for the Colts. Vick Ballard led the Colts in rushing last season with just over 800 yards but just two touchdowns. Donald Brown has never lived up to expectations while Delone Carter is not an every down back.
The question has to be raised as to why the contract talks have reportedly stalled. Bradshaw has had employment opportunities with other teams, but the market is soft for running backs approaching the age of 30 or with a lengthy injury history. He is not negotiating from a position of strength given his injury history.
Bradshaw should simply sign a contract with the Colts and get the ball moving if he passed a physical. He is a perfect fit for Indianapolis. Fantasy owners should monitor the situation and perhaps take a late round chance on him if he signs. Given his pass catching skills, he could be valuable in PPR leagues. And for those of you in Dynasty fantasy leagues, monitor this situation, the value of Vick Ballard might be greatly reduced.