By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indianapolis Colts are the latest team to announce they are parting ways with their starting running back from the previous season. The Colts announced on Thursday morning that Frank Gore will not return for this upcoming season.
“I am aware that [general manager] Chris Ballard and Frank did have a discussion once the season was over,” Reich said. “And out of respect to Frank so he could know exactly what was going on, Chris was right up front and said that we probably would be moving on to make the roster a little bit younger at that position.”
|Frank Gore walking off Lucas Oil Stadium for the final time in the Indianapolis Colts season finale (Getty Images)
Gore is the latest running back looking for employment for this season. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers released Jonathan Stewart after a decade with the franchise.
Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Doug Martin. Unlike Martin and Stewart, who were released, Gore will be a free agent after playing out a three-year, $12 million deal.
Without Gore, the Colts will have Marlon Mack, Matt Jones, Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson on their running back depth chart.
Gore, who has not missed a game since the 2010 season when he played in 11 games, appeared in 48 games, all starts, with the Colts. He had 784 carries for 2,953 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
“Just in three years, even though most of his career was in San Francisco, his three years, he’s left an impact on the locker room and people like I don’t know if I’ve seen another player do,” Ballard said of Gore. “I want to give Frank a chance to go see what’s out there and see if he finishes in a place where he wants to finish it.”
The Coral Gables, Fla. native spent the first decade of his playing career with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 148 games, including 134 starts for the Bay Area team where he had 2,442 carries for 11,073 rushing yards and 64 yards.
Gore is the only active player in the Top 10 of the all-time rushing list. Adrian Peterson, who may retire this off-season is 12th all-time with 12,276 yards. Gore, who is fifth, has 14,026 yards.
Gore, should he continue to play, is less than 100 yards from surpassing Curtis Martin on the all-time list, as he has 14,101 yards. Emmitt Smith is the all-time rushing yardage leader with 18,355 yards.
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