The Colts have been rumored as a potential landing spot for 49ers running back Frank Gore for quite a while now. Clearly, the Colts want the running back, and Gore reportedly has mutual interest. But, then Gore agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, seemingly taking him off the market.
Basically, according to Schefter, the Colts made a "strong run" at Gore over the weekend but the Eagles offered him more money, which is why he initially leaned towards Philly. But the Colts are now right back in the mix as Gore reconsiders what he should do.
The Eagles' reported deal for Gore is for around $5 million per year with $7.5 million guaranteed over the first two years, so it sounds like the Colts (at least initially) offered less than that. It sounds like the Colts really want the back, who is due to become a free agent tomorrow, as they've had a strong pursuit this weekend.
Gore, a 31-year old running back, has had a very productive career with the 49ers, rushing for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. 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. He would be a nice addition to the team's backfield, as the Colts do need running back help and are looking for that this offseason. It sounds like Gore is their number one target but that they're not going to go crazy in spending for him, appearing to be willing to let him go elsewhere for more money instead of upping their price. If that's the case, that's a good move and bringing Gore in would definitely help their backfield.
But, as we know in free agency and as this example illustrates better than any other, it's not official until it's official, so we wait until 4:00 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon for these free agent deals to start officially happening.
UPDATE (7:34 p.m.): According to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows, Frank Gore was in tears last night over the decision he has upcoming.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Told by a friend of Gore's that he was in tears last night. Obviously conflicted. Has been curious abt Colts, working w/ Luck for some time.</p>— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattbarrows/status/575072870885294080">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
UPDATE (7:36 p.m.): CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Gore is calling Colts players to learn more about the organization.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Frank Gore is reaching out to Colts players to learn more about the organization. Vontae Davis - whose brother Gore played w/-among them</p>— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/575074916871045120">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>