On Monday, NFL reporter Jason La Canfora announced that the Indianapolis Colts are re-signing free agent running back Robert Turbin.
Turbin joined the Colts in 2016 and had one of his most productive seasons to date. The 27-year-old, sixth-year back had 73 touches for 343 yards (4.7 avg) and 8 touchdowns. He also had 27 first downs, meaning he got a first down on about 37% of his touches. Football Outsiders ranked Turbin as the fourth-most efficient running back in the league in the 20-99 carries group (he had 47).
After a late-season loss that kicked the Colts out of the playoff race, Turbin expressed his desire to return to the Colts in 2017. Per The Indianapolis Star‘s Zak Keefer, Turbin seethed, “I’m gonna tell you what, though. I wanna be back here next year because I’m (expletive) coming back to help this team win a championship. Period. With a (expletive) vengenace.”
Current Colts starting running back Frank Gore will be 34 this season. And, he is also entering the final year of his contract. With Turbin’s contract eclipsing Gore’s, if Turbin impresses this season, he may drive a hard bargain for an even more expanded role in 2018.
Turbin should get the chance to impress in 2017 regardless. Gore’s age may force him to split more carries. Plus, outside of Gore and Turbin, Josh Ferguson is currently the only other running back on the roster.
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