The Indianapolis Colts today announced that they have agreed to terms with free agent running back Robert Turbin, adding a possible backup to Frank Gore at a position with little depth.
Turbin was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks out of Utah State, and he spent the first three seasons of his career in Seattle. He played in 48 games with the Seahawks and started three of them, and he also played in two Super Bowls - including the Seahawks' Super Bowl win in 2013, in which Turbin contributed 49 total yards. He was waived with an injury settlement after the preseason in 2015, and he later wound up spending time with both the Cleveland Browns (three games) and Dallas Cowboys (seven games) last season. In his career, he has played in 58 games (starting three) and has rushed for 1,127 yards and a touchdown on 281 carries, averaging 4.0 yards per rush. He has also caught 50 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.0 yards per reception. In total, then, Turbin has recorded 1,577 total yards and three total touchdowns so far in his career.
Though this signing isn't a huge one, the Colts did need to add some depth behind Frank Gore at running back. They did not tender Boom Herron (meaning he is a free agent), leaving just Tyler Varga (who missed most of last season with a concussion) and Trey Williams (who played in just two games with the Colts last year) as the depth players at the position for the Colts. Between Varga and Williams, they have played in just five NFL games and rushed just three times for 14 yards, adding one reception for 18 yards. So outside of Gore, the team had almost no experience at running back. When looking at it that way, then, the signing of Turbin is a good move by the team. If for nothing else, it gives them some depth this offseason, and while they still could look to add someone through the draft to develop behind Gore, Robert Turbin could handle the backup duties for Frank Gore if the team needs him to.