Indianapolis Colts' Signing of Ahmad Bradshaw Solidifies 2014 Backfield

By Eric Smith
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts shocked everyone by one of their signings today — the Colts agreed to a new, one-year deal with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The move is big, as it gives the Colts arguably one of the better backfields in the NFL for 2014.

Bradshaw rushed for 186 yards on 41 carries and got into the end zone twice last season for Indianapolis. Unfortunately, he was injured early in the season and missed the remainder of the year. He really started coming along in the game with the San Francisco 49ers, as he rushed for 95 yards on only 19 carries. Unfortunately, that’s all the Colts would see of him in 2013.

Now, the Colts are sending a message that they will be a power running team in the upcoming season, as they have three big time weapons. Bradshaw will join Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard in the backfield, giving Indianapolis three valuable weapons at the running back position.

I like this move a lot, as Bradshaw is the proven veteran who has a knack at getting yards when they need it, joining two guys entering their third season.

The move also signifies the end of Donald Brown‘s tenure with the Colts.

There’s no way they bring him back with these three already under contract, as they don’t need four running backs on one team. That’s too many roster spots for too many guys that can all be No. 1’s.

Indianapolis is really showing they want to keep everything in house, as they have signed majority of their own players in free agency.

Eric Smith is the Colts writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team  since  2010 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the  Colts. Follow  him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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