So, the Colts are entertaining Ahmad Bradshaw today at their Northwestside complex.

That begs two questions:

– Do they have serious interest in the former New York Giants running back?

– Or are they simply kicking the tires of a veteran in case the need arises at the position down the road? They bring in players all the time for a look-see.

I’m leaning toward Door No. 1. No inside information, just a hunch.

Coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton have made clear their intention to be more committed to the running game in 2013. They know it’s not in the best interest of the franchise or Andrew Luck to have their quarterback delivering 627 passes as he did last season.

The current crop of running backs at Hamilton’s disposal consist of Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter and several unknowns.

That’s not good enough. Adding Bradshaw, providing he’s healthy, would bolster the position.

Ballard was outstanding as a rookie. After playing sparingly in his first five games – 29 carries, 67 yards – he established himself as the Colts’ feature back. Over the final 11 games, he averaged 67.9 yards per game and 4.1 yards per attempt.

Brown managed just 417 yards. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in October and finished the season on the injured reserve list with a high sprain to his right ankle.

Carter’s progress also has been hampered by injuries.