Here we go again – Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com raised the Ahmad Bradshaw flag again today by posting that the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, and Green Bay Packers still remain in contention for the services of former New York Giant running Back Ahmad Bradshaw. Another report by NFL.com specifically linked the Broncos as the team with the most recent interest in Bradshaw.
When the news broke a couple of weeks ago that these three teams were vying for his services it wasn’t until last week that Bradshaw actually made a visit – he spent time with the Steelers and left without a contract because Pittsburgh officials wanted him to have more time for his surgically repaired foot to heal.
Not surprisingly, the Packers have been silent on Bradshaw. Are they waiting until after the draft to see where they stand? Should any of these three teams, especially the Packers, draft a running back, I highly doubt any interest in Bradshaw will remain.
Don’t get me wrong – Bradshaw is a huge talent – when he is healthy. Whether that happens anytime soon is between Bradshaw and his medical staff.
I also admit that I was stoked when I first heard that the Packers had an interest in Bradshaw. He would add a toughness and attitude to the Packers backfield not seen probably since the days of Jim Taylor. But he’s got to be healthy.
It’s totally reasonable to think that the Packers will take no action on Bradshaw. They gave a mighty effort to land Steven Jackson and though I feel Bradshaw would be an upgrade over Jackson, I just don’t see Ted Thompson pulling the trigger on him. If he were healthy, that would be a different story. But then again, if he were healthy he would be demanding much more and many other teams would have shown an interest.
So, I would say you don’t want to get your hopes up on this one. It would be better to look toward the draft and if Thompson is really interested in bolstering his offensive backfield that he look toward some fresh, young legs to get the team to that point.
However … should Thompson do nothing to add to the backfield through the draft, then anything’s possible – even going after Bradshaw – if he checks out to be healthy.