Found March 29, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Ahmad Bradshaw met with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, but left without a contract offer. That isn’t because the Steelers aren’t interested in him, but has more to do with Bradshaw’s foot which is still recovering from surgery. Bradshaw took a physical and met with the Steelers in what Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is calling a “get to know you session.” Given Bradshaw’s injury history there isn’t much of a market for the 27 year old running back. That means the Steelers don’t have to rush to a conclusion on signing him; especially since he is still wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Antonio Brown was also at the Steelers facility yesterday and ran into Bradshaw. They took a picture together, which Brown tweeted out and you can clearly see the boot on Bradshaw’s right foot. Excitement my guy @ahmadbradshaw passing through #Steelernation #fb… — Antonio Brown(@AntonioBrown84) March 28, 2013 As of now the Steelers will wait, likely, until after the draft to meet with Bradshaw again. At that point they will have had a chance to add another back to the roster and will know if they are still interested in brining in Bradshaw. If they are they will also be able to see where Bradshaw is with his recovery compared to where he is now. At that point he may also be able to workout for the team and show them where he is in terms of returning to the field. Due to the Steelers limited salary cap space they will, by all accounts, wait to see Bradshaw workout before committing any amount of money to him. Also, if a top back like Eddie Lacy falls to them in the second round of the draft in April they may draft him and pass on Bradshaw altogether. The only other teams to express interest in Bradshaw thus far are the Packers and Jets so the Steelers have very little competition in signing the back to a deal this off-season. Another thing to remember is that another team has up until a week before the draft to sign the Steelers restricted free agents to an offer sheet. The Steelers still have three restricted free agents on the market in Isaac Redman, Steve McLendon, and Emmanuel Sanders. The New England Patriots have already expressed interest in Sanders and if the Steelers signed a player like Bradshaw they would have even less chance of matching an offer given to Sanders or their other two restricted free agents. The Steelers will also have another $4 million in cap space open up at the start of June from their cutting of Willie Colon. That money could be used to sign Bradshaw closer to camp once he is able to workout. They could also use that money to sign draft picks or other veteran players to add depth to the roster. Waiting to make signings should also insure that Sanders, Redman, and McLendon are all back in Steelers’ uniforms in 2013.  

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