Rand Getlin of NFL.com is reporting that that while nothing is imminent, the Indianapolis Colts have expressed interest in adding Ahmad Bradshaw to their mix of running backs.
While nothing is imminent, the #Colts have expressed interest in RB Ahmad Bradshaw. Team considering him as a depth addition.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 16, 2015
According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts depth is looking very thin after the team recently released the oft-injured Vick Ballard. Indianapolis, which totaled 64 yards on 17 carries against Buffalo, only has three running backs on their 53-man roster. Frank Gore, who had eight carries for 31 yards against the Bills, is the starter, but his two backups are rookies — Josh Robinson and Tyler Varga. Varga also returns kicks.
Bradshaw played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013 and 2014. Last year, he was leading the team in rushing before fracturing his ankle in Week 11. Bradshaw finished the season with 425 yards on 90 carries (4.7 ypc) and two touchdowns — he had three runs of 20-plus yards with a long of 29 yards.
The 29-year-old also caught 28 passes for 343 yards and six touchdowns. However, Bradshaw fumbled three times last year and lost two of them. He has 18 career fumbles, losing 13 of those fumbles, in 97 games.
Bradshaw is completely recovered from his injury but wasn’t signed prior to the season likely because he was suspended for Week 1 due to his marijuana arrest. His latest arrest adds to his long list of off-field troubles, which started back when he was a freshman at the University of Virginia. Bradshaw resisted arrest and was kicked off the Cavaliers’ football team before ever suiting up.
Following his dismissal from Virginia, Bradshaw quickly latched on at Marshall, and he went to star for the Thundering Herd. But during his junior year, he was sentenced to two years probation for petty larceny. Later on, while with the New York Giants, Bradshaw wound up serving jail time for violating probation for a sealed juvenile charge.
In addition, Bradshaw has only played 13 games the past two seasons after he suffered a neck injury in 2013. He did rush for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 while with the Giants.
Dave McKee of Ink on Indy.com believes Bradshaw is a “perfect fit” for the Colts.
“Bradshaw’s ability to pick up the blitz as a pass blocker and his hands out of the backfield are enough to consider re-signing him… Bradshaw is a great change of pace alternative to the bruising running styles of Gore, Robinson and Varga.”
In other team news, former Cincinnati defensive tackle Devin Still recently had a workout with the Colts, per ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates.
Source: former Bengals DT Devon Still had a workout with the Colts. Colts' DL needs depth.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 15, 2015
Still appeared in 12 games last year with the Bengals, registering 19 tackles with 11 being of the solo variety. In his three years with the club, the 26-year-old recorded 40 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 30 contests.
Still reportedly came into training camp in better shape than normal, but the Bengals had an overabundance of quality linemen, thus he didn’t make the cut.
While Indianapolis’ starting front unit is set with Kendall Langford, David Parry, and Henry Anderson, they do have depth issues after losing Art Jones for the season due to an ankle injury.
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