Frank Gore to Sign With Colts
By Evan Reller
On the heels of hearing that he would visit the Indianapolis Colts today, reports now indicate that ex-49ers running back Frank Gore will sign with the Colts.
The Colts were one of the initial teams intent of signing Gore after a deal couldn’t be worked out with San Francisco. Over the weekend, it appeared that the Eagles had a deal locked up with Gore.
But yesterday, Gore backed out of the deal and the Colts were back in play. The news that ex-Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson might sign with the Colts certainly helped the case too. Gore was teammates with Johnson in college at Miami University.
Today, it sounded like Gore and Johnson might be a package deal, and one well worth the cost.
Gore rushed for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns last season. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and appeared in all 16 games. Gore hasn’t missed a game since 2010 and has only rushed for less than a 1,000 years twice in his career (his rookie season and 2010 due to a fractured hip).
The Colts have been attempting to build a competent rushing attack since they draft Andrew Luck. So far, they haven’t succeeded in that goal. Unfortunate injuries to Vick Ballard led to the disastrous trade for Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw has finished the past two seasons on IR.
While Gore will help address a clear need, the Colts should still find a rookie running back from a very deep draft class. Gore is 32 and running backs tend to decline after they hit 30.
Right now, it appears to be all but a done deal but the Eagles fans probably assumed the same thing. Nothing is set in stone until the ink is dry on a new contract.
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