Indianapolis Colts: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

RB. (2015-17). Frank Gore. 8. player. 46.

One of the most consummate pros that the Colts ever had was a free agent acquisition. That free agent is Frank Gore. Gore was brought in back in 2015 and played three years in Indianapolis. He was a key veteran presence in a locker room that was turning over.

Gore was the Colts first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai did it back in 2007. Gore achieved that mark in 2016 at the age of 33. He was very close in his other two years in Indianapolis as well, rushing for 967 yards in 2015 and 961 yards in 2017. He was their lead back and the only good one at that time.

Gore was able to carry the load as far as rushing goes, even when the offensive line was in shambles. To have anyone rush for 1,000 yards behind that offensive line is nothing short of a miracle. To do it at the age of 33 is almost unheard of.

Eventually, the Colts decided to move on from Gore to let Marlon Mack be the main guy. Mack was an emerging playmaker that was going to need more touches. He is also younger than Gore, so Gore had to go. But while he was in Indianapolis, he was a great veteran in the locker room.

Gore wasn’t just a good player, but a great mentor to all the younger players in the locker room. That can’t be understated with any team. Gore was the right player at the right time for a bad team. This next guy on the list had better luck with his team’s success, though.