Well, it looks as if the Colts didn't bring in free agent Ahmad Bradshaw just to "kick the tires." Just like with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and a plethora of veteran free agents signed by general manager Ryan Grigson this offseason, when the Colts bring a guy like Bradshaw into the building, their intention is to sign him.
Per reports from NFL.com's Kimberly Jones, Bradshaw did meet with the Colts yesterday, and the meeting evolved into a contract negotiation. However, as is often the case with these things, the talks have now stalled. Bradshaw is not, as yet, signed.
To those asking about Bradshaw/Colts.... It's not unusual for talks to stall. Almost always about money. Deal not dead. Know more tomorrow.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) June 7, 2013
For more details on the talks, I encourage you to follow Kimberly Jones' Twitter handle.
We've advocated the Colts signing Bradshaw all off-season for the simple reason that it just makes sense. Running back is one of the weaker position areas on the roster. Outside of Vick Ballard - who is a nice back, but not a special one - the depth at the position isn't particularly strong.
Adding Bradshaw would take much of the load off Ballard, which would be the best thing for both Ballard and Bradshaw. Part of the reason Bradshaw is still swimming in free agency's shallow waters is his health. He's had to contend with nagging foot injuries throughout his career. Last season, he missed two games, but still ran for 1,015 yards, scored 6 rushing touchdowns, and averaged 4.6 yards-per-carry.
Bradshaw is also an exceptional pass blocker and a very good receiver. Basically, he's everything Donald Brown is not.