Bradshaw and Colts close to deal

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

After months of silence a market for former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw there’s finally something to talk about. Kim Jones is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts and Bradshaw are negotiating a deal. Bradshaw was there today for a visit so it sounds like things went very well.

Indianapolis is actually a perfect fit for the veteran running back. The Colts have arguably the worst backfield in the NFL with Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that if he’s healthy Bradshaw will be there Week One starter.

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Pep Hamilton, the teams offensive coordinator, runs a West Coast offense and thanks to Ahmad’s pass catching abilities and superb pass blocking he’d be a huge asset. Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the best pass blocking back in the league something that Andrew Luck is going to love.

Bradshaw caught 23 passes in 2012 for 245 yards, and averaged 4.59 yards per carry. Not bad numbers, his problems have just always been injury.

For you fantasy buffs, I’d move Ahmad up in your running back rankings and slide Ballard down. I’d also be prepared to slide Ballard down considerably if Bradshaw looks good in camp and picks up the offense quickly.

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