When receiver Hakeem Nicks opted to sign with the Colts last month, a former Giants teammate helped close the deal.
Former Giants (and current Colts) running back Ahmad Bradshaw lobbied Nicks to choose Indy.
“I went to his house a week before his signing] and was just telling him how great it is over here,” Bradshaw told Stephen F. Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “I think it kind of helped his decision. I was really encouraging him to come over.”
Bradshaw said he helped broker the other end of the deal, too.
“Coach [Chuck Pagano] texted me and [said], ‘Is this going to be a great [signing]?'” Bradshaw said. “I said, ‘Coach, this will help us and our team tremendously.'”
Injury limited Bradshaw to three games (and two starts) for the Colts in 2013, his first year with the team. Still, by reaching the end zone twice in those three games, Bradshaw scored, well, two more touchdowns that Nicks generated in 15 starts for the Giants.
Which means that it probably wasn’t that hard of a sell, because it’s not like Nicks had many other options.