Is Frank Gore a Possible Trade Target?


Frank Gore has put together a Hall of Fame career with stops in San Francisco and Indianapolis. With Tuesday’s trade deadline approaching, it may be time for Gore to change addresses again.

At 2-5 heading into Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, the Colts are two games out of first place in the AFC South. With the way the season has unfolded thus far and Andrew Luck possibly on the shelf for the rest of the season, does any Colts fan really think there’s much hope for a post-season run this year?

Frank Gore has been a workhorse running back for years in the NFL since he was taken in the third-round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Aside from his rookie season and an injury-plagued 2010, Gore has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing each season while suiting up for the Niners.

For his career, Gore has averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored 76 total touchdowns. Currently 7th all-time in rushing yards, Gore could surpass LaDanian Tomlinson for number 5 on that list by year’s end.

With Indianapolis’ season spiraling out of control, perhaps general manager Chris Ballard could give Gore the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl contender again.

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Though the last of his five Pro Bowl appearances was in 2013, Gore has played in every eligible game since 2011. He is a durable, trustworthy running back capable of contributing in both the run and pass game.

The Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks are both in need of help at the running back position, and they’re still very much in playoff contention. And the NFL’s best team, the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost running back Darren Sproles for the year, could use a player of Gore’s ability to help them in their quest for the Lombardi Trophy.

Marlon Mack is obviously the future in the Indianapolis backfield. His  lateral quickness gives the Colts’ running back position a dynamic that Gore no longer possess. Matt Jones, who hasn’t played since Week 4 at Seattle, could fill in as the change-of-pace back for Mack.

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Gore is in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Colts in 2015. Indianapolis is in need of more talent, and may be able to receive a late-round pick in exchange for Gore.