This season hasn’t gone as anyone associated with the Colts had hoped, as instead of winning the division and extending their season, the Colts have already been eliminated from playoff contention and will be sitting at home for the playoffs for the second straight season.
That might cause some people to want to try to get away to have a better chance of winning elsewhere, because we’ve seen how much work the Colts still have left to do if they hope to make a run next year. But for depth running back Robert Turbin, the struggles this year are part of the reason he wants to return to the team.
Turbin spoke with the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer after the team’s loss to the Raiders on Saturday, and he made it clear that the Colts didn’t do their job and that some of their bad losses when leading - like against the Lions and Texans - wound up costing them. Then, he maintained he wants to be back next year.
“I’m gonna tell you what, though, I wanna be back here next year because I’m [expletive] coming back to help this team win a championship,” he said. “Period. With a [expletive] vengeance.”
Turbin is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season, and he likely will garner some interest after what he’s done for the Colts this year in a limited role. He’s played in 14 games and has rushed for 149 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 3.4 yards per carry, while also catching 24 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown - totaling 310 yards and seven scores on the year. He has been very good in short yardage situations this year, and that’s something the Colts struggled with a year ago.
The Colts face a decision on whether to re-sign him, but it seems quite clear that they should bring him back. It’s unlikely he will command significant money (he’s making just $760,000 this year), and the Colts have plenty of cap space to work with. They need to address the running back position too, as they’ll need depth behind Frank Gore. Re-signing Robert Turbin doesn’t rule out another move at the position (like perhaps in the draft), but it does keep him around. The Colts should bring him back, and Turbin sounds very committed to wanting to return. In other words, they should definitely make it happen this offseason.