New York Giants free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw
received good news on Friday when he was cleared by doctors to resume football-related
activities. However, this good news was short-lived, as Bradshaw’s prospects
for signing a new contract in the near future seemingly diminished over the
weekend during the NFL Draft.
Entering the draft, there were several teams that expressed
interest in Bradshaw – including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers,
Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. Each of these teams added at least one
running back in the draft, which would indicate that they may no longer be
interested in signing Bradshaw.
The Steelers – who have been most-extensively tied to
Bradshaw this offseason – selected running back Le’Veon Bell in the second
round. The Packers stopped Eddie Lacy’s slide in the second, while the Bengals (Giovani
Bernard) and Broncos (Montee Ball) also took backs in the Round 2. The Bengals
and Packers actually added a pair of running backs this weekend, while the
Steelers also inked free agent rusher La’Rod Stephens-Howling.
At this point, it’s not clear where Bradshaw will land. He’s
been cleared to resume play, so there aren’t as many questions surrounding his
health. Ironically, he may now have to wait for another running back to get
hurt before he gets a chance to sign.
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