According to Breer, the Colts have been talking with running back Ahmad Bradshaw about a possible return to Indy.
The Colts have been in talks to bring Ahmad Bradshaw back. Was an impact player last year, before his injury.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2014
About a week ago, the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reported that the Colts were talking with Bradshaw. At this point, it's uncertain how much closer to a deal the two sides have gotten, but based on the nature of Breer's report it would seem like there is a real chance that Bradshaw could be back.
In his seven year career, Bradshaw has rushed for 4,418 yards and 34 touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry for his career, and has had two 1,000+ yard rushing seasons and won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. In 2013, his first season with the Colts, he played in only 3 games, rushing for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry. Bradshaw had the best individual performance by a Colts running back in the entire 2013 season when he rushed 19 times for 95 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and a touchdown in week three against the 49ers, but that was the same game that he injured his neck in and was lost for the season.
Bradshaw is a very good running back - when he is healthy. He missed 13 games last season, but in his first six seasons combined he missed only 12 games (but played in all 16 games in a season only once). The main question about him is whether he can stay healthy. If he can, then Bradshaw would be a huge addition to the Colts. He ran very well early on in the 2013 season and has had a good career. The Colts have Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard at running back, so if Bradshaw came back he would share playing time with those two. As for Donald Brown, it seems very, very likely that he won't be back in Indy and Bradshaw is the cheaper option - who could bring more upside if healthy, too.
I'm not against bringing Bradshaw back at all. The Colts have two running backs already, so they're not going to be completely dependent upon him. But, if he stays healthy, he could be a huge part in the Colts offense. So far, we're hearing that the Colts and Bradshaw are in talks, but we'll see if that goes anywhere. If it does, I think it would be a good move that is low risk but high reward. Those are always good to make.