ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan reported last week that the Philadelphia Eagles had an agreement in place with Frank Gore on a three-year deal, with $7.5 million guaranteed in the first two years.
However, Gore may be having a change of heart. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the veteran running back is having second thoughts about signing with the Eagles after all.
Schefter reported Gore might be looking at the Indianapolis Colts:
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added that Gore is speaking to Colts players to get a feel for the team:
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported that "all indications are RB Frank Gore is intent on joining the Colts."
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported that Gore "was in tears" and is intrigued by playing with the Colts.
Barrows also added more information about the 49ers' pursuit of Gore: "According to a source close to Gore, 31, his top preference would be to return to the 49ers. However, San Francisco’s offer -- which is believed to top out at $4 million -- has been well below that of the other teams bidding on him."
ESPN's Jim Trotter believes this situation is another example of why teams aren't in the clear with free agents until the player officially puts pen to paper:
This only compounds what's been an odd offseason for the Eagles. First came the LeSean McCoy trade for Kiko Alonso. Next, the team released linebacker Trent Cole, a staple on the Eagles defense for the past decade. Philadelphia also lost Jeremy Maclin to the Kansas City Chiefs, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Watching Gore sign with Indianapolis would be an especially cruel blow, since he was viewed as McCoy's replacement in the backfield. The two aren't exactly similar, but Gore would undoubtedly give the Eagles a safe, experienced option on the ground.
Now, Philadelphia might have to head back into free agency to find a new running back. While it has Darren Sproles and Chris Polk on the roster, the former is more of a gadget back while the latter is relatively unproven as a full-time player. For that reason, the Eagles would be wise to add quality depth should the Gore situation fall through.