Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Injury the only risk for Colts with Bradshaw
By Paul Kuharsky
Ahmad Bradshaw seems worth a $250,000 signing bonus.
He’s an injury risk for sure, having missed six games over the last two years. He’s had multiple surgeries on his feet, including one to replace a screw in his right foot in January. But he’s topped 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons.
ESPN reports he got $250,000 to sign along with a scheduled $1.1 million base salary.
With the former Giant, the Colts improve their running back room.
The team regards Vick Ballard as its lead back, and coach Chuck Pagano has also spoken highly of Donald Brown, who’s entering the last year of his initial contract.
Delone Carter was thought to be a primary short-yardage and goal line runner when the team drafted him in the fourth-round in 2011.
Carter, Ballard, Bradshaw and Brown give the Colts pretty good strength at running back. Seventh-round draft pick Kerwynn Williams, who figures to be a factor in the return game, is a significantly smaller player who can be a change-up.
Bradshaw can also make plays out of the backfield in the passing game, something the Colts will look for more frequently in 2013. He caught 47 passes for the 2010 Giants.
Bradshaw could fit in a variety of places in the backfield pecking order and I’m sure Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will want a training camp competition to help sort it out.
Carter or Brown will be out of a job in late August or early September barring an injury creating an opportunity.
Here’s Matt Williamson, ESPN.com’s scout, on Bradshaw:
The only questions about the guy concern durability and the screws in his feet. The Giants consistently had to nurture him throughout the week to have him active on game day, but he is tough. He isn't real big, but is an effective between-the-tackles runner as well as good on the perimeter -- assuming he still has the burst and speed from the last time we saw him. Bradshaw is also a real asset in the passing game, both as a reliable receiver and as one of the best RBs in protection in the NFL.