Former San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is having a productive couple seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, a team he joined in hopes of winning a Super Bowl that almost immediately went in the opposite direction. Gore still has enough left in the tank to be an effective power back, and on Monday, trade rumors surfaced, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
It’s unclear if the Colts are willing to move Gore, but there is “some trade interest” in him, and “at least two teams have discussed the possibility of dealing for Gore, Holder reports (h/t Matt Maiocco).
The only team linked to Gore thus far have been the Philadelphia Eagles, a team Gore famously was linked to when he hit the free agent market before he joined the Colts. Gore signed with the Colts, who then looked like a contender, and has been an effective, consistent rushing threat as well as a force in pass protection. However, the Eagles acquired Jay Ajayi this morning for a fourth round pick, so Gore won’t be going there.
There isn’t a better pass-blocking back in the league than Gore at this point, at least in my opinion. Teams interested in Gore would consider that a major asset down the stretch, especially with what seems like historically poor offensive play around the league.
Gore’s last year with the 49ers was 2014, when he rushed 260 times for 967 yards and six touchdowns. With the Colts, he put up 1,025 yards a season ago, along with four touchdowns. He has 404 yards on 110 carries and two touchdowns this season, plus 14 receptions for 119 yards.
I hope, somehow, Gore lands with a team that is playoff bound. He certainly deserves it.