AFC North: Latest on Emmanuel Sanders. Bengals vs. Steelers for Ahmad Bradshaw

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December 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw remains on the open market due to his rehab from foot surgery. He has already visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it is believed that if Bradshaw’s foot healed properly, Pittsburgh would eventually make him a contract offer.’s Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers plan to meet with Bradshaw again before the NFL Draft, and they may feel more pressured to sign him sooner rather than later now that competition for his services is rising.

Pro Football Talk reports the Cincinnati Bengals are also interested in Bradshaw, and that a visit could take place within the next week or two. The Steelers may not have the cap-space to sign Bradshaw now that the New England Patriots have signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a $2.5 million offer sheet. As of now, Pittsburgh is $2 million under the salary cap, so if they do opt to match the offer sheet, it will put them right at the line while still needing to sign their draft picks, as well as keeping an emergency cash stash to sign players during training camp and the season in case a significant amount of injuries arise.

If they do let Sanders walk though, they’ll  easily have enough cap space to sign Bradshaw.

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