Report: Former New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw nearing deal with Indianapolis Colts

Al Bello

Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is negotiating a deal to join the Indianapolis Colts, according to reports.

After what was a suspiciously quiet offseason, it appears as if Ahmad Bradshaw has found a new team.

The former New York Giants running back is negotiating a contract to join the Indianapolis Colts, according to NFL.com, and it "looks like a deal will get done."

It made sense -- for the most part -- that Bradshaw and the G-Men could reunite. Because the market for the veteran back wasn't too great, it seemed as if re-signing Bradshaw could be an inexpensive, low-risk, high-reward move. Apparently, Indy thought so, too.

With the Indianapolis Colts, Bradshaw will join a backfield comprised of veteran Donald Brown, Delone Carter and Vick Ballard, who enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign in 2012, rushing for 814 yards in 12 starts.

Earlier in May, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano anointed Ballard the starter; so how does Bradshaw fit in?

Ballard's bruising style should set the tone for the ground-and-pound approach Pagano will likely instill in the absence of pass-happy offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Bradshaw offers the change-of-pace quality every backfield tandem now features, and as long as he's back to 100 percent could definitely see his fair share of carries. Bradshaw is also one of the best blocking halfbacks in the league and might be used in passing situations to protect Andrew Luck.

Even if the Giants had been or were considering pursuing Bradshaw, his opportunities for touches would be much less than that of Indy. With David Wilson set to start and see the bulk of third and passing downs, and Andre Brown to enter for short-yardage situations, Bradshaw would be -- at best -- the No. 3, and that's assuming Da'Rel Scott, Ryan Torain and Michael Cox don't impress too much during the pre-season.

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