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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 19, 2013 – 7:30 am

Ryan Grigson isn’t one to delve into his approach to free agent tactics but there’s no question the Colts general manager did his due diligence in acquiring numerous veteran offseason additions.

In his two seasons as Colts GM, Grigson has made several moves with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Grigson’s familiarity with the Eagles and the NFC East in general was also seen during the 2013 offseason.

First it was the signing of LaRon Landry, who was a member of the Washington Redskins from 2007-2011.

Then some three months later the Colts signed former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.temp2013_0613_LOS_Practice_bowen_0137--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Grigson was a member of the Eagles personnel department back in 2009 when Bradshaw had one of his finest games in his then third NFL season.

In an early December game involving two teams in the playoff hunt, Bradshaw gained 101 total yards and a touchdown but it was Grigson’s Eagles who pulled out a 45-38 victory.

Now Bradshaw will join Grigson, and the Colts GM described what the six-year running back brings to the Indianapolis backfield.

“I think he’s a great fit for this offense,” Grigson said of Bradshaw. “The thing about him is he’s just turning 27. He’s still a young man. He’s got we feel plenty of tread left on the tires. At the end of the day, he’s just a nice fit in terms of his demeanor and the way he approaches football and life.”

Another asset that Bradshaw carries with him to Indianapolis is two Super Bowl rings, which ranks second on the team behind only Adam Vinatieri.

The end goal for the Colts in 2013 revolves around making a trip to Bradshaw’s old home field (MetLife Stadium) in trying to add to his, and the entire team’s, number of Super Bowl rings.

“It doesn’t hurt to have a guy who’s been there and done that,” Grigson said of Bradshaw’s Super Bowl pedigree. “The more guys that walk in this door that already expect greatness of themselves without needing it beaten into their head at all, that’s just an added bonus.”

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