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Colts Taking A Look At Bradshaw

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Ahmad Bradshaw might be behind the Colts offensive line instead of slicing through their defensive line this year. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
Ahmad Bradshaw might be behind the Colts offensive line instead of slicing through their defensive line this year. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

The Indianapolis Colts apparently aren’t quite content with their current running back situation.

According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, the Colts have brought in former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw to see if they want to sign him.

Given the lack of depth of strong runners on the Indianapolis roster, it seems wise of the Colts to take a look at a runner of Bradshaw’s talent. But if they do sign him, they should only do so at a cheap rate.

Bradshaw has been inconsistent through his six-year career, seeing his rushing totals from 2009 through 2012 go from 778 to 1,235 to 659 to 1,015. He also has a fumbling problem – he’s been stripped possession of the ball 19 times in his career, including seven times in 2010.

The biggest concern with Bradshaw might be his age. Although he’s only 27, running backs have by far the shortest careers over any other position in the NFL. Add in the injury problems Bradshaw has endured the past few seasons, although mostly minor, and he doesn’t exactly spew long-term potential.

Nevertheless, Bradshaw still has a nose for the end zone. Despite his inconsistency in posting rushing yards, Bradshaw has scored 34 times and never fewer than six times in a season during the aforementioned four-year stretch.

Overall, Bradshaw would be a good addition to bolster the Colts running attack. Vick Ballard and Donald Brown are the only proven rushers on the team whom most fans would feel comfortable with, and Brown has his own injury problems.

But again, the Colts certainly shouldn’t break the bank to sign Bradshaw. They’ve already spent plenty this offseason on their 10-man free agency class. Adding another high-priced newcomer only increases the chance of washing money down the drain on a bust.