Should Green Bay Packers Pick Up Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw?

By Michael Terrill
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have officially released running back Ahmad Bradshaw Wednesday afternoon. Should the Green Bay Packers take a chance on the 27-year-old and sign him?

Bradshaw played in 14 games last season in which he ran the football 221 times for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns. That is a healthy 4.8 yards per carry, which is far better than any back on the Packers was consistently able to accomplish in 2012. However, Bradshaw did lose three fumbles and has a history of foot injuries.

In fact, the 5-foot-10, 214-pound back recently had a larger screw implanted in his foot to replace the smaller one that has been there since after the 2009 season. The Bluefield, Virginia native will be out roughly 10 weeks but is expected to be ready to start playing again well in time for training camp.

Bradshaw could certainly be a gamble considering his health issues. Not to mention, Green Bay might not be interested in signing a running back that has a $3.75 million price tag when they already have a decent crop of backs and could re-sign Cedric Benson for much less. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has already been very clear he wants Benson back and the Packers are probably willing to re-sign the 28-year-old for less than $1 million.

However, Rodgers has also made it clear he wants a dominant run game to coincide with the offense’s pass attack. Benson has rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in 84 career games while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Even though the Giants have been known to have a decent run blocking offensive line, Bradshaw is also a huge part of why he has been so successful in the NFL.

Bradshaw is someone the Packers should take a chance on but instincts tell me they will pass. This is a wise move because Green Bay has more important positions to spend money on than running backs, especially when the Packers only have so much money to go around this off-season and need to consider valuable players who need extensions.

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