Ahmad Bradshaw, the former New York Giants’ running back, has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts. The team made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon as they look to add some depth to their core of running backs.
Bradshaw played each of his first six seasons in the NFL with the Giants, and he’s coming off one of his best years ever. The 27-year-old appeared in 14 games last season, and he finished with 1,015 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
He was a fan favorite next to quarterback Eli Manning for some time in New York, but he was released this offseason and is now set to make the move to Indianapolis.
“I got a great call (Tuesday) morning,” the two-time Super Bowl champion said in a teleconference. “Everything’s going uphill. Everything’s working out.”
Vick Ballard was the key to the Colts’ backfield in 2012 as a rookie with Andrew Luck by his side, but Bradshaw is expected to battle it out for the starting role going into the new season. Ahmad Bradshaw has the experience to take over, but that might not be the case once he joins the team.
Ballard finished with 814 yards off 211 rushing attempts last year before the Colts were knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round. Head coach Chuck Pagano joked with reporters after practice on Tuesday about his newest running back, which makes for nine total on the current roster.
“Heard we signed a running back,” Pagano said. “His resume obviously speaks for itself. He rushed for 1,000 yards before he got injured (foot) last year. He gets us one step closer to hoisting that (Super Bowl) trophy.”
Now Bradshaw will do his best to get back on the field while he rehabs from right foot surgery that took place in January. Will the experience and size of Ahmad Bradshaw help the Indianapolis Colts’ backfield as they look to improve on their great run from last season?
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