NFL Rumors: Potential Best Landing Spots for Free-Agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Tom Canavan of The Associated Press reported the New York Giants released Bradshaw in order to ease the team's salary cap burden (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
Injuries have been a bit of an issue for the running back. He's just now starting to get back to health after having foot surgery in January (h/t Chris Wesseling of NFL.com). It's already the third surgery on his right foot.
At 27 years old, Bradshaw still has a lot he can contribute to a new team. He rushed for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games last season and is a capable receiver out of the backfield.
Here's three teams that would be a nice fit for Bradshaw.
The Arizona Cardinals had the worst rushing offense in the league last season. Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling only combined for 591 yards.
Stephens-Howling is a free agent going into this offseason, so the Cardinals could just let him walk should they sign Bradshaw.
Wells has some potential, despite his injury issues. At 24 years old, it wouldn't make sense to completely give up on him. What does make sense is to sign a veteran who can be more of a safety net for Arizona.
While Bradshaw has durability issues himself, the lessened workload might be beneficial to ensuring he can stay healthy for an entire season.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers needs to have some support from the running game. His 259 rushing yards were second on the team.
Much of the Green Bay Packers' issues stem from Cedric Benson's injury in Week 5. When he went down, so, too, did the Packers' best running back. It was then a running back by committee with James Starks, DuJuan Harris, Ryan Grant and Alex Green all getting carries
Benson's a free agent this offseason, so Green Bay might have to be looking for another running back anyway.
With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers don't need to spend a ton of money to grab an elite running back.
Health issues aside, Bradshaw has averaged 0.8 more yards per carry than Benson, so he would be an upgrade from what Green Bay had last year.
For the right price, Bradshaw would be a great fit for the Tennessee Titans. Sure, they already have Chris Johnson, but Bradshaw would really complement the former 2,000-yard rusher well.
They would be the classic thunder and lightning foils. Johnson is the speedy guy on the edge, while Bradshaw would be more of the bruiser.
Johnson isn't a very good pass-blocker, either, so Bradshaw would be an upgrade there. And he could also get the tough yards inside when necessary.
As a feature back, it's hard to see Bradshaw lasting an entire season with the injuries he's had. Spelling Johnson would allow Bradshaw to only get on the field when absolutely necessary.
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