Colts Run Game Gets Tougher With Frank Gore

Intro: The Colts made a major offseason splash on Tuesday night by signing former 49ers’ running back Frank Gore.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Durability and consistent production is something the Colts have been hoping for out of the running back position over the past handful of years.

The search took center stage this offseason with high profile running backs hitting the open market and a ball carrier draft class as deep as it has ever been.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Colts added a player whose career has been defined by those two adjectives, which can be rare to find.

Gore, who will turn 32 years old in May, might seem like a risk with that amount of tread on a position constantly getting younger.

But Gore has shown repeatedly that he deserves mention among the league's most valuable backs.

Gore and Marshawn Lynch are the only two running backs in the NFL who will enter 2015 off four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

In closing out 2014, Gore rushed for 158 yards (26 carries) in Week 16 and followed that up with 144 yards (25 carries) in San Francisco's season finale.

On the verge of entering free agency, Gore was a hot topic at the NFL Combine last month.

The 49ers' brass made it clear they wanted to keep a player who had logged 10 seasons in San Francisco.

"Frank's just the Energizer battery, he just keeps on ticking," 49ers GM Trent Baalke said at last month's Combine.

"The last two games of the season, I think you saw what Frank still has left in the tank. A very good football player. One of the most passionate, if not the most passionate football player I've ever been around. So, I still think he's got it in him. I know that he still believes it."

It's clear the Colts still believe in the five-time Pro Bowler (2006, 2009, 2011-2013), too.

Gore hasn't missed a game since the 2010 season, durability the Colts have not had in the backfield.

In Indianapolis, Gore will join one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL that is hoping to find more balance in their attack.

With Gore, and a potential draft pick at running back, the Colts are following up on their offseason desire to piece together a tougher ground attack.

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