Earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers met with unrestricted free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw, only for him to leave town without a contract offer. Now it has been reported that the Steelers are planning to bring back the former New York Giants running back for another visit.
Bradshaw’s recovery from a foot injury is what kept Pittsburgh from presenting a deal to the six-year veteran. The potential meeting between the two parties is really to check on the progress of Bradshaw’s foot. The status of the injury could dictate whether or not the Steelers present Bradshaw with an offer.
If Pittsburgh can somehow afford to sign Bradshaw, it would give them one less thing to worry about for the upcoming draft in April. The Steelers currently have eight draft picks, and if the team decides not to bring back restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh would get another third-round draft pick from the New England Patriots.
Assuming that Bradshaw is signed and Sanders flees for New England, the Steelers will be in a great position to use their first-round draft pick on an outside linebacker, and can focus on offense during the second day of the draft with their second-round pick and their two third-round picks. If I were the general manager, I would grab a couple of wide receivers to replace Sanders and the recently departed Mike Wallace, and a tight end to fill in for Heath Miller, who is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.
Adding Bradshaw to Pittsburgh’s backfield would add depth, and would complement the running styles of Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. The Steelers could then have a three-headed monster in the running game, and give Pittsburgh the ground production that they sorely missed last season.
However, if all goes well with Bradshaw and his restructured right foot, it won’t be an easy task in signing him. It has also been reported that the division rival Cincinnati Bengals are interested in Bradshaw. Looking at the AFC North and the status of the Steelers and the Bengals, Bradshaw could be possibly more interested in Cincinnati, a team that is in much better shape than Pittsburgh.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google