Report: New York Jets Pursuing Former Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw for 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 20, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:   Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants carries the ball as  Curtis Lofton #50 of the New Orleans Saints defends on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There is a third team in the mix now for Ahmad Bradshaw. Last week, both the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers were reported to have interest in the former Giant. Now, the team that plays in the same building as them is pursuing Bradshaw, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Bradshaw says Jets show interest: Ahmad Bradshaw still wants to be a starting running back somewhere.Li... #nyj

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 21, 2013

Bradshaw spent six seasons with the Giants and won two Super Bowls with them in 2007 and 2011, but he was released back in February due to salary cap reasons.

It would make sense for Bradshaw to entertain the offer from the New York Jets, as it wouldn't require him to change a whole lot in his life except for the colors of his uniform.

The Jets lost running back Shonn Greene to the Tennessee Titans in free agency, but they did pick up former Carolina Panthers running back Mike Goodson.

Goodson was a nice pickup. But Bradshaw would likely be the starter on their team if added in 2013.

In 2012, Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns for the Giants. It was just the second time in his career that he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season (1,235 yards in 2010).

Aside from salary cap reasons, the Giants decided to part ways with Bradshaw due to his inability to stay healthy during a season. He has dealt with nagging foot injuries for most of his career. Plus, the Giants drafted David Wilson back in 2012 and are looking for him to take the starting role in 2013, which made Bradshaw expendable back in February.

Despite often not being able to practice during the regular season, Bradshaw is always a gamer and will play through the pain of whatever injury he has.

Adding Bradshaw to a team that lacks leadership would be a solid move for the Jets. His fiery personality and gritty toughness, something they drastically lacked in 2012, could rub off on the team. He brings championship experience as well.

But adding Bradshaw would also make sense for the Packers and Steelers. Both could use an upgrade in their running attacks.

The Packers lost Cedric Benson to a foot injury in 2012, while the Steelers lost Rashard Mendenhall to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency.

Bradshaw's market is starting to pick up. It'll only be a matter of time before he makes a decision on his next team.