No rest for the Colts front office. Ahmad Bradshaw agreed to return for another one-year deal today amidst the whirlwind of other free agent activity.
Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal, per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 11, 2014
Bradshaw was solid for three weeks in 2013 before another season-ending injury – this one to his neck – eventually landed in in the Injured Reserve.
Before the injury, he ran the ball 41 times for 186 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4.5 yards per carry. Bradshaw appeared to be gaining strength as his numbers increased each week, culminating in a 19 carry, 95-yard performance in San Francisco. More from the Colts press release:
Bradshaw appeared in three games (two starts) for the Colts in 2013 and rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 41 attempts, while adding seven receptions for 42 yards. In Week 3 at San Francisco, he ran for a season-high 95 yards and a touchdown en route to a 27-7 Colts victory over the 49ers. Bradshaw was then placed on Injured Reserve on October 9, 2013.
For his seven-year career, Bradshaw has rushed 962 times for 4,418 yards and 34 touchdowns, while catching 139 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns in 87 regular season games (35 starts). In nine postseason contests (three starts), he has totaled 480 yards and two touchdowns on 111 attempts and 20 receptions for 141 yards.
Bradshaw first joined the Colts as a free agent on June 11, 2013 after spending six seasons (2007-2012) with the New York Giants. He was originally selected by the Giants in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Marshall University.
Bradshaw’s biggest issues have been his injuries. Last year, it was his neck. In 2012, it was his hand, neck, foot, and knee. Foot and ankle problems in 2011, ankle, wrist, and knee issues in 2010 (and only three games played), ankle and foot in 2009, and so on. Those injuries, however, have been interspersed with playoff runs and 1,000-yard seasons.
As usual, Ahmad Bradshaw is worth every penny when he’s healthy. Here’s hoping he can enjoy a productive and uninterrupted season in 2014.