Earlier today, the New York Giants released six-year veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The only thing that seemed to be the driving force in this decision by the Giants’ organization is money.
Now that Bradshaw is available, this only gets me wondering if the Pittsburgh Steelers will consider adding him to their roster for the 2013 season.
The Steelers’ running game was horrible in 2012, to say the least. Though injuries along the offensive line might have played a part in that, some other issues among Pittsburgh’s backfield need to be addressed.
After the regular season, the Steelers waived running back Chris Rainey after an alleged domestic incident. In addition, fellow running back Rashard Mendenhall is a free agent, and the likelihood of him being re-signed could be slim.
Mendenhall’s behavior late in the regular season may have cost him a chance of being a part of the Steelers next season. Mendenhall refused to show up to be with the team on the day of a game after being told that he was going to be inactive. On top of that, when actually healthy, Mendy’s production on the field hardly amounted to anything.
I actually think that adding Bradshaw to Pittsburgh’s backfield wouldn’t be a bad idea. He definitely won’t be looked upon as a feature back. In Bradshaw’s six-year career, he has only played all 16 regular-season games once. He would be a good starting running back, and an important part of a running back-by-committee.
Bradshaw’s experience of winning two Super Bowls with the Giants would only add to Pittsburgh’s veteran leadership. Furthermore, adding Bradshaw would give general manager Kevin Colbert one less thing to worry about this upcoming draft.
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