The Colts are considering adding a veteran to their young backfield as they have reportedly hosted free agent Terrance West for a visit on Tuesday.
The Colts’ backfield has undergone a major makeover this offseason.
Frank Gore is off to Miami and the Colts have cut veteran Matt Jones. That left Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin as the top two running backs on the roster before general manager Chris Ballard selected two running backs in the middle rounds of the draft.
While the backfield in Indianapolis has plenty of promise, they don’t have much of a veteran presence.
Terrance West could possibly provide that.
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West only played in five games for the Ravens last season, but he had a solid 2016 season in Baltimore. He gained 774 yards on the ground at 4 yards per carry two years ago and added 236 yards in the passing game with 6 total touchdowns.
West was quiet in 2015, but he had a strong rookie campaign in Cleveland in 2014 with 673 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns.
West is only 27 years old, so he shouldn’t be washed up at this point of his career and he seems to perform better in years ending with an even number.
West wouldn’t be asked to carry a large load with the Colts as Frank Reich is on record saying he wants to use a running back by committee approach in his backfield.
At 225 pounds, West could provide a short-yardage option in a corps of running backs that is full of smaller, faster players.
The Colts wouldn’t have to pay much more than a minimum contract for West, and I think he could be a decent and cheap option in their backfield.