The Colts have added another back to their stable, signing the former Kansas City Chief right after the draft.
Spencer Ware is the newest member of the Indianapolis Colts. Ware had spent the bulk of his career with the Chiefs, but now signs a one-year deal to come to Indy. It is an interesting choice to sign him after the team opted to not draft any running backs in the draft.
GM Chris Ballard is very familiar with Ware, having been part of the Kansas City front office that brought him in to play with the Chiefs. Ware had some decent years backing up Jamaal Charles, having a career high 921 yards when Charles went down in 2016.
Ware is a capable backup who runs hard. He can be used in between the tackles and for outside runs. He is also a very reliable receiver and will be used a lot in the passing game in Indy. Clearly the Colts wanted a more reliable backup back, and now they have one.
Ware is still in his prime at 27 years old. He can still affect the game in a positive way. Ballard sees that and wants him to do so for the Colts. This means that Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins will see way less carries. It could even mean Wilkins is on the roster cut line.
It will be interesting to see in training camp how the reps are divided up between those three and Marlon Mack. There is only one ball and not enough carries to go around. Expect Ware to be no more than a backup and spot starter if Mack gets hurt. But he is a valuable backup.