Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

June 12, 2013

Colts agree to terms with RB Bradshaw

INDIANAPOLIS — Bluefield, Va., native Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to join the Indianapolis Colts’ mini-camp today after agreeing to terms Tuesday with the NFL team.

Bradshaw, an unrestricted free agent, signed a contract but terms were not disclosed. The running back brings years of experience, including two Super Bowl appearances, to the Colts’ crowded backfield picture.

The 27-year-old Bradshaw spent seven seasons with the New York Giants, but left the team in February — one of a handful of high-salaried players released as part of a roster purge intended to clear up salary cap room and bring in younger talent.

He ran for 1,015 yards on 221 carries (4.6 yards per carry) and scored six touchdowns last season but missed four games with injuries.

As a football player at Graham High School, Bradshaw scored 92 touchdowns and ran for 5,265 yards, averaging almost 10 yards per carry. He was named Virginia High School League Group AA player of the year.

In three seasons on the Marshall University football team, he tallied 36 touchdowns, rushing for 2,982 yards and catching 87 passes for 697 yards.

Bradshaw’s focus is rehabbing from right foot surgery in January. He visited the Colts last week and got an evaluation by the team after battling injuries to his knee and foot for much of last year.

“I’m taking it slow right now,” he said. “I’m definitely going to continue my rehab. My focus is just to learn the offense and to get healthy and to be prepared for training camp and the beginning of the season.”

Still, Colts coach Chuck Pagano likes what Bradshaw can add to the team — Super Bowl experience, toughness, and putting up big numbers running the ball.

“Signing a player like Bradshaw, his resume obviously speaks for itself,” Pagano said. “We know he’s coming off foot surgery, he’s trending in the right direction. This guy’s just another horseshoe guy, get us one step closer to hoisting that trophy.”

Indianapolis has nine running backs on the roster, most of whom have little or no pro experience.

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