2016 Colts Free Agent Watch: Ahmad Bradshaw

Intro: Over the next few weeks, Colts.com will take a look at the team’s unrestricted free agents. Next up is running back Ahmad Bradshaw.


INDIANAPOLIS – The neck, the fibula and the wrist.

It's been all over Ahmad Bradshaw's body, but the end result has been the same each season.

Injured reserve is where Bradshaw has ended his three years with the Colts.

When healthy, Bradshaw has been a vital piece to the Colts offense.

The "when healthy" part has been the issue.

In 2015, the Colts signed Bradshaw in mid-October.

Chuck Pagano didn't hold back when describing what Bradshaw provides.

"He's a warrior," Pagano said of Bradshaw in October.

"I think everybody in this (media) room and everybody in our locker room and this organization knew what he did for our football team and what kind of toughness and energy and passion that he brings. He's one of heck of a ball player. One of the toughest guys I've been around. He's a tone setter. You think back a couple of years ago, and I don't like talking about history, but he set the tone for one of the biggest wins we've had since we've been together here out in the Bay Area (Week Three, 2013, versus San Francisco). That all started on the first play of the game where he touched the football."

Bradshaw's 2015 season was much like his first two with the Colts.

The veteran running back was a red-zone threat (three receiving touchdowns) and was the definite backup (his 31 carries were surprisingly the second most for any Colts running back last year).

When Bradshaw wasn't around for 10 games last season, the Colts shuffled in and out backups.

From Josh Robinson, to Tyler Varga, to Zurlon Tipton and Boom Herron, the Colts couldn't settle on a steady backup.

That brings 2016 into question.

Varga (who spent the final three months on injured reserve due to a concussion) and Herron (who had just 14 carries in five games last season) remain under contract. Speedy back Trey Williams is also on the roster.

So, who is Frank Gore's backup in 2016?

Gore turns 33 years old this season and the Colts could certainly use a young back to groom behind one of the league's most durable and productive rushers.

Has Bradshaw's tenure in Indianapolis finally ended?

Will the Colts find a rookie, like Arizona's David Johnson (third round) or Seattle's Thomas Rawls (undrafted) in 2015, that can come in and make an immediate impact?

Without question, backup running back is definitely on the priority list for the Colts in 2015.

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