When the New York Giants released running back Ahmad Bradshaw, there was speculation that the Cincinnati Bengals could be interested. But, there were questions about how much money he would command, his injury history, and how much he had left in the tank.
With five days of NFL free agency already in the books, it doesn’t seem like many teams are interested in Bradshaw. He has had foot injuries and is coming off of surgery. The lifespan of a running back is short, and most backs hit a wall after they turn 30-years old. However, Bradshaw will be just 27-years old when the season starts, and has proven he can contribute to a championship team.
He averaged 4.6 per carry in 2012, and went over the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career. Bradshaw is a proven back who can contribute to the Bengals.
A tandem of Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Bradshaw would bring ball security, experience and toughness to the Bengals backfield. Bradshaw has only fumbled four times in the past two seasons. He can catch out of the backfield and is experienced in pass protection situations.
The main concern with Bradshaw would be the amount on his contract. With the running back market being down, it doesn’t seem like he has drawn much interest. The Bengals could give him a $1-$2 million deal with added incentives. There is risk because of his injury history, but also high reward with the 27-year old running back that has two Super Bowl rings.
Bradshaw certainly has some question marks, but if the Bengals can land the veteran for fairly cheap, bringing in another player with championship pedigree would be another step in the right direction.