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Maybe Ahmad Bradshaw is the Packers’ Guy

Ahmad Bradshaw runs over A.J. Hawk

We hadn’t given running back Ahmad Bradshaw a lot of thought since he was released by the New York Giants on Feb. 6. In the meantime, the Green Bay Packers have been connected to the Rams’ Steven Jackson and we’ve speculated about the return of free agent Cedric Benson.

Maybe Bradshaw is the answer to the Packers subpar running game though. The NFL Network’s Heath Evans suggested as much on Friday and what we initially didn’t consider now makes some sense.

First, unlike Jackson and Benson, Bradshaw is still young for a running back. He’s 26, while both Jackson and Benson will be 30 during the 2013 season. If you look at the typical NFL running back’s career trajectory, that means Bradshaw probably has four more good seasons left.

Second, Bradshaw is known for his toughness, which is something the Packers certainly are not. That’s not to say Jackson and Benson aren’t tough, but Bradshaw also brings a winning pedigree from the Giants.

When he was released, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said this of Bradshaw.

“Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I’ve been around,” said Reese, who took Bradshaw with the 250th pick in the 2007 draft. “Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.”

Third, Bradshaw should be fairly affordable. He was scheduled to make $4.25 million in 2013, which isn’t a lot of money for a top-flight running back. Additionally, Bradshaw hasn’t garnered a lot of interest since he’s been on the open market. That means the Packers could potentially sign him for less than that $4.25 million number.

The problem with Bradshaw is injuries.

Bradshaw has missed six games over the past two seasons because of injury.

He still managed to rush for 1,015 yards in 2012 with a 4.6 yard average, when he missed two games. Bradshaw had 659 yards in 2011 (missed four games) and 1,235 in 2010.

An incentive-laden deal seems to be the logical way to go. Maybe the Packers will bite.

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15 Comments

  1. DevilDon February 18, 2013

    I’m not high on RBs but this guy is one of those who would bring some tough=guy attitude.
    I like Bradshaw in the Green and Gold

  2. wisconsinfan February 18, 2013

    I like it

  3. Zack February 18, 2013

    This is all I have to say about it: “From 2009-2011 Ahmad Bradshaw was used as a pass blocker the most of any back (347 snaps). Furthermore he only allowed a pressure 10 times meaning he successfully picked up the blitz 97.84% of the time which was second only to Brandon Jackson who spent only about half as many snaps in pass protection.” SIGN ME UP.

    1. Phatgzus February 18, 2013

      And he is a solid receiver out of the backfield.

  4. Dave February 18, 2013

    I’m in!

  5. Iltarion February 18, 2013

    I have a better idea.

    Dujuan Harris for a tenth the price.

    Bradshaw is a head case and injury prone to boot.

    I do like his skills. Always have. But I don’t see it.

  6. Norcalpackfan February 18, 2013

    Why did the giants release him?

    1. Iltarion February 18, 2013

      They are over the cap, and they have David Wilson and Andre Brown sitting behind him.

  7. Packer Bob February 18, 2013

    They gotta do something. This three-headed (Harris-Starks-Green), ride the hot hand routine is getting old.

    1. Iltarion February 19, 2013

      No, they don’t HAVE to do anything.

      And how can it be getting old when Harris has only been on the team for like 8 games?

  8. Dave February 19, 2013

    aha, and that picture above shows how AJ Hawk “tackles”

    1. Packer Bob February 19, 2013

      HAHAHAH!

  9. MadCity Packer Fan February 19, 2013

    Stick with Harris.

  10. Nacho Libre February 19, 2013

    I say keep Harris, sign Bradshaw. Benson who..?