Thursday March 19th, 2015

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore said as soon he knew he would not be returning to the San Francisco 49ers that his first option would be to join a team with "a great quarterback."

Gore told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he was close to signing with the Philadelphia Eagles before inking a three-year, $12 million deal with Indianapolis after talking with his agent.

[daily_cut.nfl]"I told (him) to talk back with the Colts and see if they would match the deal or make it better," Gore said. "And they did. That's where I wanted to be so that's why I made the decision."

Gore spent his first 10 seasons with the 49ers, recording eight 1,000-yard seasons. Last season, he rushed for 1,106 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Gore said he was excited to join the colts because of Andrew Luck, who threw for 4,761 yards and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes last season.

"I feel that you have to have a great quarterback to have a chance. Luck is a young quarterback and he does everything. He can throw. He can run. He’s physical. He’s a leader."

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The 31-year-old, five-time Pro Bowler said he wants to win a Super Bowl ring before he retires.

"I don’t know how many years I’ve got left, two, three, but I want to have the opportunities to get back and chase that trophy I really want before I leave," he said.

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