When Ryan Grigson took over the job of Indianapolis Colts GM last summer, he preached the virtues of patience to all those willing to listen. Of those people, there was no shortage.
Fast forward a year or so later, and Grigson is hosting Ahmad Bradshaw for a visit in the hopes that he will be become the ninth (depending on your interpretation) high-profile free agent signing this summer. Colts management was so sure of some kind of mutual agreement that they made him a “featured” designation on their Twitter account and website.
— Indianapolis Colts (@nflcolts) June 6, 2013
It may not seem like much, but as per the good folks at Stampede Blue, every free agent that has visited the team and earned this designation has eventually signed. A list that includes Darrius Heyward-Bey, LaRon Landry and Ricky Jean-Francois.
It was the first piece of Bradshaw related news since the former New York Giant, and two-time Super Bowl champion visited with the Steelers during the early stages of free agency. The two sides flirted with each other for about a week or so before talks eventually broke off. The Steelers have sinced drafted Le’veon Bell and signed LaRod Stephens-Howling, rendering any more running back signings redundant.
Then, on the same day that it was reported the sides were close to reaching a deal, Kimberly Jones of www.NFL.com sent out this tweet:
Talks between Ahmad Bradshaw & Colts have reached stalemate, source says. Contract described earlier as close to done now may not be.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) June 7, 2013
A weekend later and the two sides still haven’t finalized a contract.
For the Colts this is a move that would make an absurd amount of sense. If they can’t get starter quality play out of Bradshaw, for whatever reason, they still get much needed veteran depth to a relatively green group of running backs. Save for Donald Brown, the other two running backs Delone Carter and Vick Ballard only have three years of experience between them.
For the Colts and Bradshaw this seems like a match made in heaven. But like all relationships, this one is taking its sweet time to develop. Keep your fingers crossed in Indy, and who knows, you might have a running game next season.
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