A couple of weeks ago, I jumped on the bandwagon in hopes that the Green Bay Packers would begin their search to bolster their running game through free agency and two available running backs were brought quickly to the forefront – Ahmad Bradshaw and Steven Jackson.
At the time, I posted a comparison between the two and concluded that Bradshaw, despite his injury history, would be the best fit for the Packers offensive scheme.
The Packers didn’t listen to me. Darn. They went after Steven Jackson. For a week, the trail was hot and heavy until Atlanta Falcons” href=”http://lombardiave.com/2013/03/14/steven-jackson-signs-with-atlanta-falcons/”>Jackson decided his best move would be to move south to Atlanta instead of north to Green Bay.
Packers Nation was crushed. A couple of days ago, I decided to repost a blog about why the Packers shouldn’t give up on their free agent search for a suitable running back and that Bradshaw was still the best available back on the market.
This time Ted Thompson listened … ahahaha … right.
Dan Hanzus, an Around the League Writer for NFL.com, reported that ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote the Packers and Steelers had renewed their searches for running backs and had Bradshaw squarely in their targets.
Here’s what Hanzus wrote:
The Steelers have a void in their backfield after allowing Rashard Mendenhall to leavefor the Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh hosted Beanie Wells on Friday, but a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettethat Wells has “a bad wheel.”
If he can get back to full health following another foot surgery, Bradshaw has the potential to be a free-agent steal. Like Mendenhall in Arizona, Bradshaw would likely have to settle for a one-year deal that would set him up to hit the open market again in 2014. Bradshaw turns on 27 on Tuesday.
Frankly, I am somewhat surprised by the Packers’ interest after being shunned by Jackson. However, Ted Thompson is showing the resolve that’s required of NFL general managers in moving ahead in the best interest of their team. Finding the best running back available for his backfield is what Thompson is intent on doing and if Bradshaw is indeed back to 100 percent health-wise, he would be the steal of the NFL Free Agency period.
Should that all take place, it would be ironic for the Packers to be the team to make it happen. The team has lost linebacker Erik Walden, wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Tom Crabtree to other teams and have signed no free agents from other teams up to this point.
Will Bradshaw be the first?
Stay tuned …