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Ahmad Bradshaw ... is he all done or does he ruin somebody else's (1 Viewer)

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I am sitting on Ahmad Bradshaw but there are plenty of guys in my dynasty pool who have value. I am wondering if there is a chance he is brought back to New York, Pittsburgh has also met with Bradshaw but never signed him. I am not sure what to make of him.

Is he done, as in retired and kaput?

Or does he sign somewhere and come in and wreak havoc on a backfield. He's only 26. If he signed with say New York (either team) Miami or Pittsburgh he could easily be sitting atop the depth chart in no time,

What is prevailing sentiment on him?

 
I don't think any of those teams you mentioned would be good for him at all.

Indy would be my ideal landing spot for him cause Ballard blows and that would be his easiest road to a starting job.

Problem is, we have no idea how his health checks out. He might be the oldest 26 year old in the history of the league.

 
I think he signs somewhere. I could see back in NY for the Giants but also the Jets with Goodson. Cleveland, Miami, Indy, Dallas, and St. Louis all make sense as reasonable spots to go as a "backup" but could wind up getting major time.

 
I think he signs somewhere. I could see back in NY for the Giants but also the Jets with Goodson. Cleveland, Miami, Indy, Dallas, and St. Louis all make sense as reasonable spots to go as a "backup" but could wind up getting major time.
Ah yes, forgot about the Rams.
 
It would be hard for me to cut him loose and I would be frustrated about that if I were an owner. You almost have to guarantee that a scenario will arise at some point in the season where he will be called upon and he will likely make some people's fantasy year and ruin others because all you really need out of this guy is a short sprint. Four to six weeks of Bradshaw playing as he can and a team (real life or fantasy) that loses a Doug Martin or SJAX or someone can still make the playoffs and win a Super Bowl.

 
He's the best of the current free agent pool, so he will go to the team with the first injury/ineffective RB in camp. See, Cedric Benson last year. Hold on.

 
I would gladly take him back with the Giants. He's still has something left in the tank, he's a great blocker and a great teammate.

 
I agree that he will almost certainly be signed by someone, if only as a mentor and guy that can pass protect.

But it sure seems that his days as a feature back are over. RB is a young man's game, and while he's only 26, as someone else said, his condition is far north of that in RB years.

 
I'd sign him even if just for a run-blocker and to rush 10 times a game (maybe 15 depending on my other RB).

I'd take him in Indy.

 
I'd sign him even if just for a run-blocker and to rush 10 times a game (maybe 15 depending on my other RB).

I'd take him in Indy.
Indy seems like a perfect fit for him as a 3rd down back. He can protect the franchise RB, mentor the young guy Ballard, and be effective in the passing game (not Ballard's strength).

But who knows what is going on behind the scenes - maybe Indy is also scared off by the injury or maybe AB is still seeking a bigger role that Indy can't provide, etc.

 
Best blocking RB in the league. Can't believe he's not signed for that facr alone.

I really think the reason he isn't is the injury. When he is healthy, I think he's back with the Giants. They have the brittle Brown and Wilson and his 70 NFL carries. That seems a bit thin to me. I think the plan has been all along for him to go back to the Giants...

 
Someone's going to pick him up. Either to replace a camp injury, or when a team like Indy, or STL realize their current RBs just aren't good enough.

If it's to replace an injury, then I could see him being useful. But if he's being brought in as an extra body, I think he'll get just enough work to screw the other RBs on that team into fantasy irrelevance while also being unstartable himself.

So, I'd hang on and see where he lands, but be ready to cut him if it's to a place where he's supposed to be a part-time 3rd down back/veteran presence in the locker room.

 
really think the reason he isn't is the injury.
This.He's too good a player and too young not to have found a team willing to offer him a reasonable deal -- if the foot wasn't a major issue. I'm guessing he can't pass a physical. As a Steelers fan I'd love to have him, and think teams would be lining up to sign him if he were healthy. Very solid all around football player from what I've seen, and a good locker-room guy as the icing on the cake.ETA I'd hold him unless your rosters are super shallow. I know in my 12 x 25s I'd sign him instantly if he hit the wire. Even if he takes until next year to heal fully, he'll still only be 27 with a couple of prime years left.
 
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Thanks for the advice guys. He is a nice hold as a lottery ticket. I didn't give much away to get him

..he was a throw-in.

 
I'd definitely hold until a few weeks into the season at the very least. First injury to a team with little RB depth will come calling. But it's hard to imagine he hasn't signed yet unless his foot won't even allow him to pass his physical, as others have said. Blocking alone is worth a signing.

 
I think he signs somewhere. I could see back in NY for the Giants but also the Jets with Goodson. Cleveland, Miami, Indy, Dallas, and St. Louis all make sense as reasonable spots to go as a "backup" but could wind up getting major time.
He would instantly be the best back on all of those teams except Cleveland.

 
Pretty confident he signs somewhere as soon as hes completely healthy.Don't think anyone will pick him up before the season starts though.

 
Best blocking RB in the league. Can't believe he's not signed for that fact alone.
This. He's a decent runner (not as good as he used to be, to be sure - but still had 1k rushing last season and 4.6 YPC despite nagging injuries) - a good pass catcher and one of the best blocking RBs in the league - and he's only 27. He WILL play somewhere in the NFL this season - and could even end up as the lead RB in a weaker RBBC by the end of the season if he can prove he's healthy.

 
He definitely seems like a guy who will sign in August or September for a team that finds itself with a big need. Hard to predict which team as injuries can happen anywhere.

The less likely option would be him signing with a team that doesn't suffer any injuries, but just decides it doesn't really like what it has after an up close look at training camp. Some of the teams mentioned already like STL, Indy, Pittsburgh, Miami, etc. are all possibilities if they decide that their young guys aren't ready. Or that they just aren't sure and want a legit veteran plan B available.

 
Which teams can afford Bradshaw, say at a contract slightly higher than Goodson/Ivory's, 2-3 years for 3.5 or 4m a year?

ETA: Pretty sure PIT is not on this list since last I heard they just had enough cap to sign their rookies - but if Bell is not the answer perhaps some money can be found...

 
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This would never happen, but the Vikings would make at least some sense. AP is a lot of things, but he isn't a very good pass blocker, and I'm not sure on how good of a receiver he is, but he can't be any worse than AP.

The Jags would be interesting too, only b/c MJD is still rehabbing, is in a contract year, and there isn't too much behind him.

 
I think Dallas makes a lot of sense. The Saints could be a dark horse if one of their backs get hurt during training camp.

 
He had to prove he could overcome the injury and wasn't "damaged goods." Supposedly he's done that and I imagine teams will have him in to show them first hand.

He doesn't have as many miles as most RBs do having played behind Jacobs and Ward at times. He's been superbly coached and can be an asset anywhere due to that alone. I think it was before the Gmen, some coach deserves alot of praise and him for being the student. He does alot of things in like "textbook fashion."

He did some grrr things as a leader. If you recall Jacobs mouthed off at the end of his Giants career. Bradshaw started to sour a little and got away from how he was the rest of his career. In fact one week he told Bennett to go in the game when Coughlin/Gilbride had him sitting. He had been hurt and could have gone in, but they were resting him and...he crossed a line there. From what I understand he made amends and things were OK with the Gmen and him. He needed to eat some crow this offseason though and this time with no team has probably done that. Bradshaw with a good mindset is an excellent addition to any team.

If he accepts the role, I think he's absolutely perfect to teach a young player-pass that great coaching onto someone else. I think many Giants fans want him to show Wilson the ropes more.

I'd definitely hold onto him in dynasty and bank on him playing. I'd even trade for the guy if the owner thinks he's done.

 
Rotoworld:

Free agent Ahmad Bradshaw's (foot) market has been dead silent since an April 28 report that he'd received full clearance to resume football activities.
Bradshaw didn't so much as merit a Rotoworld blurb during the month of May. The Packers and Steelers showed pre-draft interest in Bradshaw, but each club spent high draft picks on running backs and no longer seems in the hunt. In the Top-10 Post-June 1 Free Agents column linked below, Rotoworld's Evan Silva suggests the Colts and Bucs as sensible suitors for 27-year-old Bradshaw.

Related: Colts, Buccaneers

Source: Top 10 Post-June 1 Free Agents
 
Right now, there aren't any great looking situations for Bradshaw to slip into, imo. But if other RBs with significant roles get nicked up (or worse) in the next 2-3 months, something more ideal (at least short-term) might open up.

 
Right now, there aren't any great looking situations for Bradshaw to slip into, imo. But if other RBs with significant roles get nicked up (or worse) in the next 2-3 months, something more ideal (at least short-term) might open up.
I agree with the above. I think Bradshaw is done in the league unless a few starting RBs go down in camp with season ending injuries. He may get another shot on a team, but even if he does, I doubt he stays healthy. No one wants a RB with chronic feet issues and expectations of being "the man".

 
The foot thing has chronic written all over it. If he could get healthy and stay that way, we wouldn't even be discussing this.

 
The foot thing has chronic written all over it. If he could get healthy and stay that way, we wouldn't even be discussing this.
Basically, he has cracked bones and screws inserted, right? That's never really getting better.

Kind of a shame - when healthy, he's very, very good, and fun to watch.

 
Best situation would be for Bradshaw to go to the Chargers. We need a 2nd back that can actually carry the load.

 
Best thing for Bradshaw is to limit the wear and tear of practice and OTA's. Keep himself on shape and wait for the first starting back to go down or first rookie running back to fall on his face, then he can join the team get a crash course on the play book and possibly make it through the entire season.

 
I am sitting on Ahmad Bradshaw but there are plenty of guys in my dynasty pool who have value. I am wondering if there is a chance he is brought back to New York, Pittsburgh has also met with Bradshaw but never signed him. I am not sure what to make of him.

Is he done, as in retired and kaput?

Or does he sign somewhere and come in and wreak havoc on a backfield. He's only 26. If he signed with say New York (either team) Miami or Pittsburgh he could easily be sitting atop the depth chart in no time,

What is prevailing sentiment on him?

I can totally see a return to relevence for him. NYJs is a good call. In the little that he has carried the ball Chris Ivory has proven to be brittle. Jets would benefit from getting another good (albeit injury prone rb) in the mix.
 
Supposedly Bradshaw is visiting the Colts today. That could be interesting for sure.
More details from Rotoworld:

Free agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw is visiting the Colts Thursday.
It's the first known interest since the draft in Bradshaw, who is 27 years old and coming off yet another foot surgery. The Colts have perhaps the least talented running back stable in football with Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter. As a solid pass-catcher and protector who still runs with fury, Bradshaw would fit nicely in Pep Hamilton's West Coast scheme. He could even emerge as the starter. Bradshaw averaged 4.59 YPC on 221 totes for the Giants last year and added 23 catches for 245 yards.

Related: Colts, Donald Brown, Vick Ballard

Source: Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com
 
No complaints from this Colts fan.

PFT has learned that Bradshaw will be visiting the Colts in Indianapolis on Thursday and it looks like a pretty decent landing spot for the former Giant. The Colts have talked up Vick Ballard as their lead back with Donald Brown in a change of pace role, but Bradshaw has shown the ability in the past to be both a grinder and a threat out of the backfield. He’s also knows how to protect the passer after years of playing with Eli Manning, something that would come in handy in Indianapolis as well.

The presence of Ballard and Brown means that Bradshaw would have complements in the backfield to keep him from putting too much stress on the foot that has been operated on multiple times and kept Bradshaw from being a workhorse during his career. If Bradshaw’s foot is sound, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this visit end with a contract offer.
 
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If he arrives I think it kills all the RBs in that backfield from a fantasy perspective.

Ballard will be the lead guy, but sharing carries with TWO other RBs and likely being out on passing downs would really hurt his value.

I would love the move as a Colts fan, for his pass protection skills alone, but from a fantasy perspective I think it'd make it a backfield to totally avoid.

 
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If he arrives I think it kills all the RBs in that backfield from a fantasy perspective.

Ballard will be the lead guy, but sharing carries with TWO other RBs and likely being out on passing downs would really hurt his value.

I would love the move as a Colts fan, for his pass protection skills alone, but from a fantasy perspective I think it'd make it a backfield to totally avoid.
I tend to agree that it wouldn't be the greatest FF scenario for Bradshaw or Ballard. I don't see it killing their produciton, but the presence of the other probably would be significantly limiting for each player, in my view. --From an NFL perspective, it looks like Bradshaw would be a great fit for Indy.

 
This could be devastating to Ballard in my opinion. I suspect that Donald Brown is going to get some change of pace work but Ballard has no real elite skills.

 

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