After a saga that extends back a few months to rumored interest between the two sides, the Indianapolis Colts have officially announced that they have agreed to terms with running back Frank Gore.
The running back had initially agreed to a deal with the Eagles but reconsidered that last night, and since then all indications pointed to him heading to the Colts, who were seriously pursuing him. As soon as it turned 4:00 p.m. and Gore officially became a free agent, he got on Jim Irsay's private jet and headed to Indianapolis. Now, it's official that he has agreed to terms with the team.
In ten years with the 49ers, Gore played in 133 games and rushed for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He also added 342 catches for 2,883 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight different seasons and has been a five-time Pro Bowler and a second-team All-Pro, as well as leading the NFL in rushing yards in 2006. The Colts have not had a 1,000+ yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007, and Gore has topped 1,000 yards in eight seasons, including each of the last four.
This is a good move for the Colts. Though Gore will turn 32 years old this May, he's been a very productive running back who hasn't missed a single game in over four years and who still can play and who drew some interest this offseason. He will likely be the Colts' starting running back and be the lead guy in a committee of backs that might include Boom Herron. The Colts needed to address the running back position and they did so in a notable way by adding one of the league's most consisted running backs over the past decade.