For the last couple of months we have been monitoring the reports that longtime 49ers running back Frank Gore, who is due to become a free agent on Tuesday, might have interest in playing for the Colts, and furthermore that the Colts might have interest in Gore.
Today, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports that Frank Gore and the Colts "have mutual interest in working toward a contract." Maiocco also notes that the Eagles are interested in Gore along with the 49ers. San Francisco has said publicly that they want him back, but it remains to be seen whether that will actually happen.
Though he's 31-years old, he has really produced over the past decade, rushing for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry over his ten-year career. He's also added 342 catches for 2,883 yards and 11 touchdowns. In addition, he has rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight different seasons.
For the Colts, they certainly need help at running back. And for a team seeking a running back, it's not a bad time to be doing so. The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy for a linebacker coming off of a torn ACL and the Saints re-signed Mark Ingram to a 4-year, $16 million deal. That just goes to show the continued devaluation of running backs and that could help the Colts as they pursue a player at the position. Gore would step into the Colts' backfield and be a part of their running back by committee, likely sharing reps with Boom Herron (or maybe Ahmad Bradshaw or a rookie they bring in).
The Colts have the money and the need, Gore has the production to warrant giving him a chance, and it sounds like the two sides have mutual interest in working towards a deal.