Colts Sign Running Back Robert Turbin
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that the team has signed running back Robert Turbin.
Originally a 4th round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Turbin spent three seasons in the Emerald City before stints with both the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys this past season.
In his 4-year career, the 5’10”, 222 pound Turbin has 281 carries for 1,127 rushing yards (4.8 ypc avg) and 1 rushing touchdown.
This past season, he had 50 carries for 199 rushing yards (4.0 ypc avg) and a rushing touchdown with both the Browns and Cowboys combined.
Until now, the Colts had starting running back Frank Gore and not many proven options behind him with just Tyler Varga and Trey Williams as backups.
Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Dan “Boom” Herron are free agents, and at this point, appear unlikely to be re-signed–although their situations could certainly change as seen in the past.
The 26 year old Turbin at least gives the Colts a veteran option behind Gore, as he has had prior experience backing up former Seahawks star running back (*that still seems weird) Marshawn Lynch.
Still, Turbin was waived twice this past season by both the Seahawks and Browns respectively, so expectations may have to be tempered a bit.
That being said, he does provide the Colts with something that they lacked previously by giving them a proven veteran option to backup Gore in the backfield.