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Indianapolis Colts: What Landing RB Ahmad Bradshaw Means

Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts confirmed Tuesday afternoon that former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw signed with the team. Bradshaw signed a one-year deal to join the Colts, which should be a huge help immediately.

So with the signing, the question comes down to what does this mean?

Bradshaw joining the Colts is a huge asset. By signing him to a one-year deal means they’re ready to win now. Bradshaw brings two Super Bowl rings to Indianapolis, as he was a huge contributor to both of New York’s Super Bowl victories.

He joined New York in 2007 and had 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns on 921 attempts. What Bradshaw brings to the Colts is not just experience and a know-how-to-win mentality, but he’s a back that’s not afraid to gain that extra yard and run through the tackles.

Bradshaw is also very good at protecting the quarterback out of the backfield. He’s good at picking up blitzes and making sure the quarterback is not hit on his backside.

Another thing that Bradshaw brings to Indianapolis is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He’s a very underrated receiver as he had 132 receptions for 1,087 yards in New York.

What I like about this signing is he has all the above intangibles, and he’s not selfish. Bradshaw is used to splitting time in New York with Brandon Jacobs. Last year the Giants used three backs in their system. In Indianapolis, Bradshaw won’t be the starter as the Colts have already said last year’s rookie Vick Ballard is the no. 1 guy. That makes Bradshaw his backup.

With all that said, either Donald Brown or Delone Carter is likely out with the team. Why should the Colts pay four running backs and keep four roster spots on the active 53-man roster? They likely will only go with three.

My suspicion is Brown will be the odd man out. Carter is more beef and bulk and used in short yardage situations. He’s a great third-and-goal back.

Brown, on the other hand, is a finesse outside-the-tackles back. That’s what Ballard and Bradshaw can do, but the new duo also can run between tackles, block and catch passes out of the backfield.

Brown isn’t an asset anymore, and likely him or Carter will be cut.