The Green Bay Packers have one of the best offenses in the NFL, however, for the past three seasons Green Bay has had struggle getting a consistent running game. This season the Packers had a running back by committee, spreading the carries between Cedric Benson, James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris. With the news coming out that running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been released, should the Packers sign the veteran running back to their roster?
Bradshaw will be turning 27 in March and is still in the prime of his career. Starting in 2009, Bradshaw started splitting carries with running back Brandon Jacobs. In 2010, Bradshaw took off as the only running back for the New York Giants with the majority load. This led to his first ever 1,000 yard season, ending up with 1,235 rushing yards averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Bradshaw had his second 1,000 yard season this season in only 12 games.
The only downfall to Bradshaw is he is prone to injuries especially to his feet. He is a physical runner which the Packers need on their roster and he will fit in well with Green Bay as a duel threat. This season Green Bay signed Benson as the physical running back that the team needed, but his production was not there before he got injured and was placed on injured reserved.
For the Packers, any running back at this point will be an upgrade. However, the signing of Bradshaw may not be the best option. Bradshaw is a player that is going to demand a lot of money. The Packers can sign another free agent running back such as Chris Ivory for a much lower price and has just as much potential to be a great running back.
General manager for the Packers, Ted Thompson, usually does not sign big name free agents and builds his team through the draft instead. It will be unlikely that Bradshaw will be in a Packers uniform next season, but with the desperate need at the running back position don’t be surprised if he is playing at Lambeau Field next season.
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