The Colts' running back position has been a question mark for much of the past few seasons - especially since the trade for Trent Richardson a year ago. There's a real possibility that the Trent Richardson era could be nearing an end with the Colts, however, and regardless he's not been a big factor in their offensive game plan recently. Many wonder what the team's plan will be at the running back position going forward, as it's pretty clear that they'll have to address it at least somewhat.
An interesting note came this morning in an article filled with different notes about the San Francisco 49ers, The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows had this nugget about running back Frank Gore:
"One player who will be intently watching the weekend's Colts-Broncos game? Running back Frank Gore. His top choice is to remain with the 49ers. But he's also curious about playing with Andrew Luck and wonders whether a quality tailback is the missing element in Indianapolis' offense."
This is a very interesting note, but it's also important to keep in mind that it's just that right now. Barrows said that Gore wants to remain with the 49ers, and we don't know whatsoever if the Colts would be interested in bringing Gore in. But it sounds like the veteran running back might be interested in joining the Colts this offseason if the 49ers choose to go a different direction.
The 31-year old just wrapped up his tenth season with the 49ers, and in his career he has rushed for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and he's also added 342 catches for 2,883 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight different seasons.
Again, this is nothing more than just a discussion point right now with the knowledge that Gore might be intrigued by playing with the Colts, so this is far from a report saying he wants to, that the Colts want him, or that it will happen. But it's something to talk about, and I don't think it's a bad option for the Colts to consider should it become a possibility. Gore's age will drive his price down, but if the Colts could get him for relatively cheap and not overpay (which Ryan Grigson has done often), it would be a good add for the Colts.